As expected Lionel Messi has failed to show up for Barcelona’s first day of pre-season training.
Messi misses training: Messi’s absence is no surprise as he is on course for a legal battle over his wish to leave. His cause has not been helped after LaLiga released a statement stating that his £624million release clause stands.
Messi is not the only big name to miss the first day of pre-season training with Ronald Koeman missing 17 other players. Amongst those missing are Samuel Umtiti who also missed coronavirus testing on Sunday and Philippe Coutinho.
Messi has been linked with a move to Manchester City where he would link up with former boss Pep Guardiola.
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