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Sep 7, 2020
September 7, 2020
Lionel Messi reported for training with Barcelona on Monday, beginning his reintegration with the squad after failing to secure a move away.
Messi was seen driving into the Ciutat Esportiva in Sant Joan Despi - his first training session under new coach Ronald Koeman.
The Argentine superstar on Friday gave an explosive interview in which he said he will remain at the club, albeit reluctantly, after accusing club president Josep Maria Bartomeu of reneging on an agreement to let him leave in this transfer window for free.
The return of Barcelona's embitterred captain and greatest ever player may not be an easy one, particularly given some of his closest teammates are likely to soon depart
Luis Suarez, Messi's best friend and neighbour, as well as Arturo Vidal are expected to join Juventus and Inter Milan respectively.
Both were seen arriving at training on Monday amid reports they had been asked to train alone ahead of their proposed transfers.
If Messi passes his coronavirus test and rejoins training without problems, he could feature in Barcelona's friendly against Gimnastic Tarragona on Saturday.
It would be the first time Messi has played for the team since their historic 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in last month's Champions League quarter-finals.
Updated: September 7, 2020 07:38 PM
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