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The player said to have no desire to begin pre-season preparations and wants to leave the club.
Barcelona Soccer Club star Lionel Messi Monday was absent from the team's pre-season COVID-19 tests, a decision that strengthens his determination to abandon the club he has been linked to for over the past 19 years.
The Argentinean player was due for testing at 10.15 am, along with his teammates. However, he had already instructed the club through his lawyers that he would not be taking part in the exams.
Many experts say that Messi’s decision is a move to boycott pre-season and force his way out of the club. Without been tested, the 33-year-old player will be unable to attend the first pre-season training session, something that worries the club board since the start of the new La Liga season is less than two weeks away.
However, Barcelona sporting director Ramon Planes stressed that the club wants to keep Messi and rebuild the team around him under new head coach Ronald Koeman.
Lionel Messi didn't show up to the Barca training facilities for the COVID and fitness tests ahead of training camp in preparation of the new La Liga season. this comes after he sent the club a formal notice requesting for termination of contract. #ZeroIsHere | #RamboGamepic.twitter.com/xQogDNQmNX