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Lionel Messi fails to attend PCR testing at Barcelona

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The captain seems determined to leave

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Lionel Messi did not return to Barcelona as scheduled on Sunday for PCR testing ahead of pre-season as expected.

The captain informed the club on Saturday that he would not be turning up. Messi’s argument is he’s used a clause to end his contract and is no longer a Barcelona player.

As we know, Barcelona do not share the same opinion and believe the clause expired in June and is no longer valid.

It’s not clear yet what will happen and how Barcelona will respond. Their current stance is that they are not willing to sell or negotiate a deal for the 33-year-old.

Luis Suarez did show up for the tests on Sunday despite being told he’s not in Ronald Koeman’s plans for next season.