Lionel Messi has returned to training with Barcelona for the first time after taking a U-turn to remain in the club. On Monday, the club tweeted an image of the 33-year-old posing in the pink shirt of their third kit for 2020/21.
Barca host Gimnastic in a friendly match at the Johan Cruyff Stadium on Saturday. And Messi is like to be absent in the match. However, he could play against Girona on September 16 ahead of the season opener against Villareal at the end of the month.
Messi informed Barcelona that he wanted to depart from the club this summer. He intended to use the clause in his contract which he and his representative claimed allowed him to do so on a free transfer. As part of his force to leave, he also refused to appear in the club’s preseason training section. The club insisted that the clause doesn’t exist anymore. And he could only leave the club if he pays €700m release clause in his contract.
Messi accepted defeat on Friday. He also revealed in an interview that he had reversed his decision, saying he could never go to court against the club for his departure. After the meeting that was held between Messi and Ronald Koeman, he told the coach of his desire to leave the club
Messi made statements before he resumed training Barcelona
During his announcement, “Messi said, Now I don’t know what will happen.
There is a new coach and new ideas. That’s good but then let’s see how the team responds. And whether it will allow us to compete at the top level. What I can say is that I am staying and I will give my best for Barcelona.
Spanish Football journalist Alvaro Montero believes Messi could extend his contract at Barcelona. This could happen if the club’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu leaves the club.
The upcoming presidential election in Barcelona could play a major role in what he will do next. The recent president Bartomeu cannot stand again and whoever replaces him will hope to convince Messi to extend his contract.