According to Sport, from Barcelona, La Pulga had a new meeting with the coach on the day of his return to practice.
It is far from being one more season the one that begins for Lionel Messi at Barcelona. After having slammed the door in the form of a burofax, La Pulga stayed in the Catalan team but, beyond promising to “give the maximum” for the team, there are many doubts about how things will turn out. And in that context, on this special Monday when he returned to training, a new meeting with the coach, Ronald Koeman, arrived.
According to account Sport From Barcelona, the Dutchman did not take a step back from the postulates he had raised in that first meeting that ended with Leo’s ruling that he looked “more outside than inside” the club.
“Total commitment” was the request that Koeman made to Messi for this season in the meeting, of about half an hour, which took place shortly before Leo’s first training session with Barsa this season.
Soon after the practice began. The first of the season after the twists and turns of his departure first announced and then aborted, according to the Argentine, because he did not want to sue the club of his life for contractual issues.
In the middle of summer, the Barcelona training session took place in the Catalan afternoon, so movements were made at the Joan Gamper Sports City. And Messi showed up early in his new first practice.
The Barça captain arrived in his car at the club’s facilities at 15.57 in Barcelona, 10.57 in Argentina, from his home in Castelldefels, and surrounded by a multitude of cameras and photographers who were awaiting his arrival. There was hardly a handful of fans who were present in the place.
Through social networks, the supporters had summoned themselves to receive the captain, but there were not too many who were at the entrance door, through which Lionel quickly passed on top of his Mercedes Benz.
Messi, who joined a week after the rest of his teammates, was summoned by Koeman to exercise from 17.30, 12.30 in Argentina. But he was the first off campus, quite a long time before.
The Argentine footballer complied with the protocol established by La Liga to undergo PCR swabs on the weekend at his home, to confirm that he is not infected with coronavirus.
The rosarino returned to dress like Barcelona and the first image of him with the training clothes did not take in arriving. From the social networks of the Catalan club they posted the photo of Messi training and the fans were euphoric in the virtual world.
Then videos captured from afar were broadcast, since the practice was logically behind closed doors, where he is seen Leo running on the main court of the property.
This Tuesday it will be two weeks since the 33-year-old forward informed the club of his intention to terminate his contract unilaterally through a burofax, understanding that the clause by which he could leave for free was still in force. President Bartomeu’s rigid stance forced him to back down, although he made it clear that he is not happy under these conditions.
Messi knows that the future of Barsa it’s on your shoulders. He joins a team that he knows very well, but with a surly coach, an icon in the club and with a strong character, who took care to open the exit door to Luis Suárez, a close friend of Leo. And no superfigure has arrived.
The Spanish League starts this Friday, the 11th, although Barcelona’s debut against Elche was postponed due to the lateness of his season due to his participation in the Champions League. Will Messi play in Saturday’s friendly against Nàstic de Tarragona?
“Messi is the best in the world and you want him in your team, not the other way around. You win games ”, Koeman had said on the day of his presentation, 24 hours before that meeting with a Messi who told him that he looked more outside than inside.
“I just want to work with people who want to be here. If they are not happy, let them say so ”, was another phrase from the Dutchman in his opening speech, which he will now have to review after knowing that on the 10th he expressed his desire to leave, only wearing makeup so as not to end up in court with the club that received him 20 ago years.