Back in Barcelona, Lionel Messi does not want to train in the Blaugrana facilities.
Officially, Lionel messi is no longer a player of FC Barcelona since 1er last july. And it is not the negotiations in progress that change anything in the situation. If Barça obviously takes care of his jewel, freshly crowned South American champion with Argentina – witness the security of the club dispatched to the airport on Wednesday morning to escort La Pulga and his family to their home – There is no question for the playing master of the Albiceleste to let himself be moved.
Business is business; therefore the person concerned does not plan to put the crampons back on the side of the Cité Sportive Joan Gamper as long as his contractual situation is not resolved. In other words, no question of resuming the path of training for the time being; the representatives of the phenomenon still working – and more than ever – on the contours of a new deal with the Catalan general staff. While the Blaugrana squad flew to Germany this Thursday for a six-day internship, Messi is enjoying a few more lazy days.
A hole of 187 million to fill
The Spanish press remains confident about a quick and favorable outcome for FC Barcelona now, even if the boss’s extension will not be without sacrifices. Faced with a salary cap of 160 million euros for the coming season – against 347 million in the previous fiscal year – Barça must absolutely downsize to achieve its ends. Like Leo Messi, who would have agreed to reduce his emoluments by 50%, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto or Gerard Piqué are thus encouraged to make great efforts in terms of salary. Samuel Umtiti, Miralem Pjanic, Philippe Coutinho, Neto, Martin Braithwaite, Junior Firpo, Clement Lenglet, Ousmane Dembele and of course Antoine Griezmann are on the market!
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