Watch Lionel Messi Train With Barcelona For First Time Since Failed Transfer Request As He Prepares For New Season

This is the first time Lionel Messi will be training with Barcelona after his epic summer transfer saga.

The Argentine forward, 33, was seen arriving at Ciutat Esportiva on Monday after announcing he is reluctantly staying put despite handing in a transfer request last month.

Lionel Messi was back at Barcelona training on Monday

Lionel Messi was back at Barcelona training on MondayCredit: https://twitter.com/FCBarcelona_cat
It was Messi's first session since his failed transfer request
It was Messi’s first session since his failed transfer requestCredit: https://twitter.com/FCBarcelona_cat

Messi arrived 90 minutes early for the session with new boss Ronald Koeman.

He underwent medical tests on Sunday to make sure he was OK to come back.

And Messi was the first Barcelona player to arrive for Monday’s behind-closed-doors session.

The forward’s return marks a sensational U-turn from his position just one week ago, when he missed all of Koeman’s first training sessions.

Messi demanded to leave Barcelona in the wake of the 8-2 Champions League exit to Bayern Munich, blasting the club’s hierarchy and pointing to mismanagement of teammates including close pal Luis Suarez.

He believed he still had a clause valid in his contract until the end of the season allowing him to depart Catalonia on a free transfer.

But Barcelona argued that the clause expired in July and was quickly given backing by LaLiga.

It led to Messi confirming last week that he will be staying at the club for the final year of his contract, as the only way to press on with the potential free transfer was by taking Barcelona to court.

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Messi is reluctantly staying at Barcelona after failing to leave on a free transfer

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Messi is reluctantly staying at Barcelona after failing to leave on a free transferCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Messi arrived 90 minutes early for his first session with new boss Ronald Koeman

Messi arrived 90 minutes early for his first session with new boss Ronald KoemanCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Paris Saint-Germain has since confirmed they were also plotting a stunning move to reunite Messi with old pal Neymar.

But with the veteran now back in training, Barcelona will be looking to move on from the ordeal and challenge rivals Real Madrid for their title.

Speaking about Messi’s decision to stay, LaLiga president Javier Tebas beamed: “We were worried but not seriously.

“We want Messi to be with us, he is the best player in the history of football and we want him to end his career in LaLiga.

“We’re pleased he is staying with us and not going to another league.”

Messi said his family cried when he told them he wanted to leave Barcelona

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Messi said his family cried when he told them he wanted to leave BarcelonaCredit: Golders/@leomess

Messi will see out the final year of his contract at Barcelona

Messi will see out the final year of his contract at BarcelonaCredit: Alamy Live News

Messi has confirmed that he will stay at Barcelona, promise to give his very best.



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