The Argentina national team star confirmed in an interview last Friday that he will remain at the Camp Nou after failing to arrange the move.
Leo Messi started training with the team
Lionel Messi participated in Barcelona training on Monday, his first session since trying to leave the club failed. The Argentina national team star confirmed in an interview last Friday that he will remain at the Camp Nou after failing to arrange the move. Messi believed he could use the clause in his contract to leave for free. But Barça and LaLiga disputed this claim and insisted that his deal could only be canceled if his €700 million exemption clause was paid. The 33-year-old has accused Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu of going back to promising to let him leave if he wishes. But stressed that he would be fully committed to the club for 2020-21.
Speaking to journalists, he said: “I thought and was sure that I could leave freely. Barca head always said that at the end of the campaign I could decide whether I will stay or not,” he said.
The Argentine arrived an hour and a half before at Sant Joan Despi
“Now they clasp on to the fact that I said this not until June 10, when it turns out that on June 10 the team were challenging for LaLiga amid this terrible coronavirus and this disease has been changing all season. And that is the cause why I am going to continue at the club. Now I will continue at the club because the president told me that the only way to leave is to pay the €700 million point and that this is impossible”. Messi, who was pictured modeling Barca’s new third set early Monday, was later seen arriving at the club’s training ground. According to reports, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner was the first player spotted at Sant Joan Despi, coming an hour and a half before training was due to start.
Barça later tweeted for the first time a snapshot of Messi taking part in a training session with new coach Ronald Koeman. The Catalan giants are due to launch their new LaLiga campaign against Villarreal later this month.