The Argentine appeared to practice under the orders of the Dutch Ronald Koeman.
The day awaited by the fans of Barcelona and the world of football has arrived: this Monday, Lionel Messi appeared to train for the first time under the orders of Ronald Koeman, after the comings and goings on his first announced and then aborted departure, according to the Argentine, because he did not want to sue the club of his life for contractual issues.
In midsummer, Barcelona training takes place in the Catalan afternoon, so movements are expected at the Joan Gamper center. And Messi showed up early in his new first practice.
The Barça captain arrived 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.
Messi, who joins a week after the rest of his teammates, was summoned by Koeman to exercise from 17.30, 12.30 in Argentina.
Messi knows that the future of Barsa is on his shoulders. He will join a squad 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.
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“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 Leo who told him that he was seen outside.
“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 initial speech, which he must now review after learning that Messi expressed his wishes to leave, only wearing makeup so as not to end up in court with the club that received him 20 years ago .
“I will continue at Barsa and my attitude will not change no matter how much I wanted to go. I’m going to give my best and my maximum, ”said the Rosario in the interview with Goal, in which he announced his continuity.
Koeman arrived with freedom to decide and with his back he showed the way out to Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal. He told Luis Suárez that he will not take it into account, but the Uruguayan showed up for training. That is the big change looking to lighten the roster of high contracts and age.
The news are few: Pjanic and the young Trincao and Pedri, two projects. The option of Lautaro Martínez continues and the DT already asked for reinforcements that he knows: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool for the middle and Memphis Depay of Lyon, as a forward. Both have one year left on their contract and it would be more accessible to incorporate them.
And the one who returned in silence and at the same time can be important is Coutinho after his loan at Bayern. A second chance to be Leo’s partner, as it could not be in his first cycle.