Lionel Messi arrives at Barcelona training ground after dramatic transfer U-turn

Lionel Messi arrives at Barcelona training ground after dramatic transfer U-turn

- Lionel Messi earlier told Barcelona new manager Ronald Koeman he was leaving

- The Argentine handed the club his transfer request, but has made a dramatic transfer U-turn

- Messi arrived Barcelona training two days after agreeing to stay at the club

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Lionel Messi has returned to join his team-mates in Barcelona as he resumes training with the squad on Monday, September 7 after a dramatic two weeks at the club.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner stunned the world when he handed the Catalans his transfer request, with further reports that he already agreed personal terms with Premier League outfit Manchester City.

However, the Argentine was seen driving into the club’s training ground on Monday for the first time after the whole debacle - and will be training under new boss Ronald Koeman.

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And this is coming barely two weeks after the 33-year-old told new Barcelona handler Koeman that he no longer saw his future at the Nou Camp after the side's failure last term.

Last season, Barcelona had their worst campaign ever in a term in which the Catalans failed to win any trophy for the first time in twelve years.

They suffered an embarrassing defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinal and consequently fired manager Quique Setién.

Lionel Messi: Embattled Barcelona star arrive training after dramatic transfer U-turn
Lionel Messi arrive Barcelona training. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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After being appointed as the new manager at Barcelona, Koeman decided to meet his wards to discuss how they will succeed as from next season with Messi telling him he is leaving.

The Argentine has however agreed to finish his remaining one year contract at Barcelona as the club insisted that their star man has a £629million buyout clause - and should he attempt to leave, the said amount must be paid.

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The player’s father Jorge also waded into the whole saga, personally flying into Barcelona, to talk to the club chiefs including president Josep Bartomeu, however the club stated that the player’s clause is still existing.

Inter Milan, Manchester United and a few other clubs also showed interest in the Argentine who has now decided to commit another season to the Catalan club.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Luis Suarez could be playing in Italy next season with reports that Juventus are planning a clever move to seal a deal with Spanish club Barcelona for the Uruguayan.

Suarez has been told he can leave the club by new manager Ronald Koeman and Juve are looking to take advantage by sealing a cut price deal for the striker by just paying Barcelona performance-related bounses.

Mass exodus looms at Barcelona and Suarez could be one of the early casualties and new Juve manager Andrea Pirlo is desperate in bolstering his squad ahead of the coming season.

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