The divorce is consummated: Messi did not appear for the Barcelona COVID-19 test | Sports | DW

Lionel Messi, who announced his intention to leave Barcelona on Tuesday, did not attend the Barça training center this Sunday (08.30.2020), where the players were summoned to undergo a COVID-19 test.

Thus, his participation in the first training session of the Ronald Koeman era, which will take place this Monday at 5.30 pm, is automatically ruled out. On the other hand, Luis Suárez and Arturo Vidal, two of the players discarded by Koeman, have attended the PCR tests and will train with Barcelona until a way out is found for them.

“For the Barcelona captain, as he communicated in his email on Tuesday, his commitment to Barcelona is over, he has no more obligation to attend exams or training sessions. He is not part of the Barça family. He puts an end to an adventure that has lasted 20 years, “said the sports newspaper Brand, the best-seller in Spain, about a 33-year-old player who arrived at Barcelona with 13.

The release clausula

This is one more chapter of the contractual conflict between Messi and FC Barcelona, ​​which was already expected after yesterday the Argentine’s lawyers had informed the club that he would not attend the appointment.

The player and his lawyers consider that they have already made effective the release clause that they have at the end of each season since 2017 and that, therefore, they are no longer due to the Barça club. On the other hand, Bartomeu and his board of directors assume that it expired on June 10 and refer to the termination clause of 700 million euros if the Argentine intends to go to another club.

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Despite everything, a meeting between the two parties in the coming days with the intention of agreeing on a transfer is not ruled out. Manchester City is the club best positioned to take over their services.

Alberto Fernández: “You must go to Newell’s”

On the other hand, Alberto Fernández, president of Argentina, said that Messi would have to play in the country if he did not finish his career in Barcelona and wear the colors of Newell’s Old Boys.

“You are in the hearts of all of us and we never saw you play in our land, give us the pleasure of seeing you play here, at Newell’s, your club,” he assured that it would be his recommendation for Messi if he could speak to him in this context of litigation for his departure from the Catalan club.

In television statements to C5N, the Argentine president added: “If Messi does not end up in Barcelona, ​​he must end up in Newell’s. Like Bielsa. Let those of (Rosario) Central not be angry, but those of Argentinos have affection because he has a quarry They are great players and they have beautiful football. There are fans who want their team to win and others who want to see their team play football well. We are a romantic team. ”

Previously, in a joking tone, Alberto Fernández had emphasized: “Messi has to play for Argentinos (a club of which the President is a sympathizer). I asked how we were on reserve to see if we could bring him in.”

FEW (AFP, EFE)

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