Messi, who has won the Ballon d’Or six times, reportedly considers that a clause in his contract, which expires next summer, means that he can leave on a free transfer. But Barça have insisted that he is still tied to a 700m euro buy-out clause.
Barça’s new coach Ronald Koeman and the first-team players entered through the front entrance to the Ciutat Esportiva at Sant Joan Despi but Messi was not among them, according to reports.
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Reports in the Spanish press state that Messi was due for testing at 10.15am – although he had already informed the club through his lawyers that he would not be taking part.
Without passing a Covid-19 test, Messi will be unable to attend the first pre-season training session on Monday, with the start of the new La Liga season less than two weeks away.
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