Messi returns to Barcelona training
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Messi returns to Barcelona training

Barcelona ace Lionel Messi has returned to training for the first time since his failed move. 

The Argentine made known his intentions to leave the club this summer, but the move stalled after it emerged he could not be allowed to leave unless his huge release clause was met.

In his quest to push for an exit, the 33-year-old missed new manager Ronald Koeman's first training sessions, which started last week on Monday. 

He will now train individually for a few days as given by LaLiga's COVID-19 guidelines, before linking up with the rest of the team. 

Messi spoke for the first time about his desire to leave in an interview on Friday last week, saying;

"Now I don't know what will happen," Messi said last week when he made the decision to stay. 

"There is a new coach and new ideas. That's good, but then we have to see how the team responds and whether or not it will allow us to compete at the top level. What I can say is that I'm staying and I'm going to give my best for Barcelona."

Barcelona are preparing for the 2020/21 LaLiga season, which starts this weekend. 

Their first match, against Villareal, is however scheduled for September 27 after they were accorded extra rest days following their involvement in the latter stages of the Champions League.

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