September 16, 2021


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Lionel Messi delays Barcelona return amid contract negotiations

Lionel Messi has nevertheless not returned to teaching with Barcelona as the hold out for him to sign his new contract with the club goes on.

Barca’s very first-group squad continue to be in Germany, the place they have been primarily based for the previous 7 days, in advance of Wednesday’s helpful towards FC Salzburg.

Excluding wounded gamers and the trio involved in the Olympic Game titles, the only associates of the squad not associated in the excursion are those who arrived at the Copa The united states remaining in July.

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Summer time signing Sergio Aguero was expected to get started preseason on Monday pursuing three months off but returned a several days early and has been operating independently at the club’s Barcelona instruction base given that Friday.

Brazil defender Emerson Royal, meanwhile, underwent COVID-19 and medical checks on Monday in advance of returning to teaching this 7 days.

Monday would also have marked the working day Messi was due back in, a few months soon after Argentina defeat Brazil in the Copa The us last, but sources have informed ESPN the club and the player have made the decision to delay his start off day.

As a cost-free agent, the forward would be allowed to use the club’s facilities, as very long as enough coverage is in spot, but the choice has been created to hold out right until his new offer is signed.

Sources informed ESPN the club are doing work tough in the hope of having it in excess of the line right before the Joan Gamper Trophy on Sunday, when Barca host Juventus.

Messi’s agreement with Barca expired on June 30, technically ending his 21-year relationship with the club. Having said that, ESPN noted in July that he has reached an settlement in basic principle to indicator a new 5-yr deal.

The keep-up has been brought about by Barca’s financial difficulties. The club must minimize their wage invoice and provide in income from transfers to comply with LaLiga‘s spending limits and register the new deal.

On Monday, Barcelona president Joan Laporta insisted there was no new information.

“We are executing what is actually possible,” he stated. “It really is however not sorted but it really is progressing perfectly. We are going to do everything for Messi to carry on at the club. He desires to stay. It’s progressing as it will have to, but there are some issues that need to be clarified which are crucial for both of those events.”

Meanwhile, talks continue with the associates of Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique in excess of wage deferrals. Resources have informed ESPN you will find a willingness on both sides to attain an settlement but even more negotiations are required.

And Laporta opened the doorway for youngster Ilaix Moriba to leave the club if he wants to. Barca have made available the midfielder a new contract, with his present terms up in 2022, but there is no settlement still.

“The Ilaix problem cannot be recurring, a participant developed by the club ready for the ultimate year of his offer to drive the situation,” Laporta warned.

“He won’t want to renew with the problems available by the club. We cannot acknowledge that, so we have to send a information. He’s a fantastic participant but if he won’t renew there are other alternatives. I feel poor but the club comes first.

“I question him and his men and women to rethink and appear to an settlement. We are not likely to advertise a player [by playing him this season] for him to shift to a further club for free of charge [in 2022]. I will not fully grasp why he doesn’t recognise what Barca have carried out for him. Whoever needs to go away is no cost to do so — with specified ailments, of course.”

Messi, 34, returned to Barcelona final week next time off in Miami and the Dominican Republic after successful his to start with senior trophy in worldwide football. The Catalan club’s protection staff met him at the city’s El-Prat airport.

He then spent the weekend in Ibiza with Atletico Madrid’s Luis Suarez, Monaco’s Cesc Fabregas and their respective family members as the wait to solve his Barca potential goes on.

Barca kick off the new season Aug. 15, when they host Authentic Sociedad in LaLiga.