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Messi will not show for Barcelona training amid exit reports

The Argentina international believes his contract with the Camp Nou club is up and has distanced himself from the side further

Lionel Messi is set to take another step away from Barcelona by not showing for training on Monday, with the Argentina international of the belief that his contract with the club is over, Goal can confirm.

Messi stunned the footballing world when he presented the club’s board with a transfer request following the conclusion of what was a disappointing 2019-20 campaign for the Catalans, insistent that he had a clause in his deal that would allow him to leave the club on a free transfer.

La Liga has quashed those hopes by siding with Barca, who claim that clause expired in June, on the issue, meaning that if he is to leave, any club will have to meet his buyout clause of €700 million (£627m/$835m).

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