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Messi in good spirits during Barcelona training as exit saga fades

Lionel Messi looked back in his comfort zone during training on Wednesday ahead of preparation for the new LaLiga season as he continued to train with the squad.

Messi in good spirits during Barcelona training as exit saga fades
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Argentine striker Lionel Messi looked back in his comfort zone during training with his Barcelona team mates on Wednesday in preparation for the new La Liga season as he continued to move on from his aborted attempt to leave the club last month.

The club's all-time top scorer was seen smiling as he and his fellow players worked through persistent rain at the club's Joan Gamper training complex under the orders of new coach Ronald Koeman.

Messi u-turn

Messi, who remains captain despite publicly declaring he wished to leave the club and lashed out at president Josep Maria Bartomeu, resumed training with the team on Monday after refusing to report back eight days previously while he continued to seek a departure.

But the Argentine announced last Friday that he would stay at Barça for this year as he did not want to challenge the club in court over a disputed clause in his contract which he argued allowed him to leave without a transfer fee.

Barçca are sitting out the first two weeks of the new Spanish top-flight campaign due to participating in last month's Champions League 'Final Eight' tournament, where they were humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.

Koeman's side play Gimnastic de Tarragona on Saturday in a friendly and then Girona next Wednesday before their first competitive game against Villarreal on Sept. 27