President Bartomeu leaves the club's HQ on August 26, 2020, the day after Lionel Messi announced his intention to leave. - Alejandro García / EFE / SIPA

"Lionel Messi communicated to us that he was not going to show up for training", announced to the press the sporting director of FC Barcelona Ramon Planes on Wednesday, assuring that Barça is looking for "the best solution for the club and for Messi" in this early divorce.

“Messi communicated to us that he was not going to show up for training,” announced Ramon Planes on the sidelines of the presentation of Portuguese rookie Trincao, while the workforce must pass the PCR tests for the coronavirus on Sunday before resuming the training Monday.

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"But all exchanges will remain between the two parties (the club and the player) and we will not communicate on what is being said, out of respect, because we are putting all our efforts into this dialogue", cut the technical secretary of the Barça, equivalent to the post of sports director in the Catalan club.

“You have to have enormous respect for what Messi is and for his history. We do not think of any clause in his contract. Messi's marriage to Barça has brought a lot to both (the club and the player), a lot of joy to the supporters and, internally, we are working to convince Messi, to find the best solution for Barça and for Messi ”, a underlined Planes during this virtual press conference, Wednesday at midday.

The club does not lose hope

“This is not an argument between Messi and Barça, neither deserves this. We are working to build a winning Barça. There is no division within the club on Leo (Messi). Any football connoisseur wants him to stay here to win again. He's a winner, ”continued the manager.

“We see Messi as a Barca player. Today Trincao arrives, and we hope he will triumph alongside Messi. Barça has rebuilt itself several times in its history, and it has always come back more powerful. Our idea is to do it once again, around the best player in the world, ”repeated the sports director, who does not lose hope of retaining the superstar at the club.


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