Messi skips required coronavirus checking out with Barcelona

MADRID (AP) — In one more impress that Lionel Messi’s time with Barcelona is coming to an destroy, the participant did not picture for required coronavirus checking out scheduled for the full squad on Sunday.

Barcelona talked about Messi became the top participant who did not endure the tests on the club’s coaching middle. The team is ready of dwelling to resume coaching on Monday forward of the upcoming originate up of the season.

The club also reiterated its stance no longer to negotiate Messi’s early birth, announcing president Josep Bartomeu will handiest sit down down with the participant if it is a ways to lengthen his contract past subsequent season.

Messi final week expressed his wish to leave the club, but Barcelona wants him to play out the contract that ends in June 2021. The club also talked about it is a ways no longer negotiating a that which you have to per chance deem of transfer with any diverse team.

Messi announced his resolution to leave on Tuesday by sending the club a burofax, a certified doc just like a telegram. He invoked a contract clause that allowed him to leave on the destroy of the season free of payment, however the club claims that the clause had already expired. A approved wrestle is anticipated to unfold as Messi will contend that the season became extended past the date the clause expired due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Argentina mountainous reportedly talked about he wanted to negotiate with the club, but Barcelona talked about Saturday it became no longer prepared to facilitate his exit. The club talked about it can per chance love for Messi to attain his occupation with the Catalan club.

The Spanish league made its first public remarks on the case on Sunday, releasing an announcement that talked about that Messi’s contract is at point out actual and could per chance handiest be terminated with the price of its buyout clause. Barcelona talked about the clause became set of dwelling at 700 million euros.

League president Javier Tebas had talked about a few months ago that the league became no longer the truth is affected financially after Cristiano Ronaldo left Exact Madrid to be half of Juventus, no longer seeing a low cost in television audiences or rights contracts. Nonetheless he talked about that Messi’s departure would be diverse and could per chance be ready to be “noticeable” for the league.

There were rumors earlier within the week that Messi would show veil up for Sunday’s tests to preserve a ways from breaking team options whereas negotiating his departure, but his of us reportedly informed the club on Saturday of his intentions no longer to lend a hand the checking out.

Barcelona will resume coaching with incoming coach Ronald Koeman in payment after Quique Setién became fired following the team’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich within the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Aug. 14. The defeat, one of the worst in Messi’s occupation and within the club’s history, introduced about Barcelona to snort “profound” changes to the first-team and a “huge-ranging” restructuring of the club.

Koeman reportedly informed Luis Suárez, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Samuel Umtiti that they are no longer in his plans for the future, but all of them showed up for the important tests on Sunday.

Suárez has been a longtime teammate and buddy of Messi, and the resolution to procure rid of the Uruguayan striker became believed to have upset Messi and played a half in his resolution to leave.

The 33-year-extinct Messi had been outspoken about the club’s heart-broken choices this season, its first with out a trophy since 2007-08.

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