Argentine star Lionel Messi returned to Barcelona on Monday, where he trained alone,
after he decided to stay with the Catalan club until the end of his contract
in 2021 instead of moving forward with his desire to leave this summer.
After that, Messi fought alone exercises in line with the league protocol in light of the “Covid-19” virus pandemic.
Messi fought his first exercises under the supervision of the new coach of the Catalan Dutch team Ronald Koeman,
and the first since it was revealed Friday that he had been forced to stay in Barcelona.
On Friday, Messi made the decision to stay because he could not go to court against his life club,
but without mitigating the intensity of his attack on club president Josep Maria Bartomeu,
accusing him of failing to adhere to his word about allowing him to leave the club for free at the end of last season.
Messi’s return to the team will probably not be easy, especially in light of the tendency to abandon his Uruguayan friend Luis Suarez and Chilean Arturo Vidal, likely to move to Italy to defend the colors of Juventus and Inter Milan, respectively.
An uncertain future –
And in an exclusive interview with the specialized Goal website, Messi said Friday, “I will not go to court against Barcelona because it is the club that I love, which has given me everything since my arrival. It is my life club. I made my life here,” revealing, “I told the club, especially the president, I want to leave. I’ve been telling him this all year. I think it is time to step down. “
He expressed his belief that “the club needs more young people and new people and I thought that my time in Barcelona was over. I feel very sorry that I always said that I wanted to end my career here.”
“It was a very difficult year, I suffered a lot in training, in matches and in the dressing room. Everything became very difficult for me, and the time came when I wanted to search for new goals and new horizons,” he continued.
Messi stressed that his desire was not the result of the great loss to Bayern Munich, 2-8 in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
“I had been thinking about it for a long time. I told the president and himself, that at the end of the season I can decide whether I want to leave or stay. But in the end he did not keep his word. “