Lionel Messi returns to training after deciding to stay at Barcelona

Lionel Messi returns to training after deciding to stay at Barcelona

Lionel Messi has returned to Barcelona training for the first time since his intense transfer saga.

Messi, 33, asked to leave the club after handing in a transfer request last month.

But the six-time Ballon d’Or winner made a U-turn on his Barcelona future as he intends to see out his current contract which expires in June 2021.

And the superstar forward has been put through his paces by the coaching staff as he prepares for the new season.

He underwent a series of training drills at Barcelona’s training complex on Monday.

Messi will have to train individually for a few days due to the strict COVID-19 protocols as he did not undergo last week’s round of testing.

He also missed the first week of training after trying to force his exit from the club this summer.