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Messi concerns grow as he misses training

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SPANISH PRIMERA DIVISIÓN

2019/2020 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 Barcelona 18 4 5 58
2 Real Madrid 16 8 3 56
3 Sevilla 13 8 6 47
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Messi concerns grow as Barcelona star misses training again

Sid Lowe says Lionel Messi was never going to leave Barcelona this summer despite his now-expired exit clause.
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Barcelona's full squad takes to the training field as they prepare for the return of La Liga.

Lionel Messi missed training for the second time this week on Friday, raising concerns about his fitness ahead of La Liga's restart, although Barcelona insist he will be fit for the trip to Mallorca on June 13.

Sources have told ESPN that Messi injured his quadricep in a clash with a teammate on Tuesday and required treatment from the club's masseuse. He then sat out training on Wednesday, instead working alone at the gym, before the whole squad was given Thursday off.

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Barcelona transfer budget wiped out by coronavirus pandemic - sources

Ale Moreno doesn't expect Paris Saint-Germain to offer Sergino Dest the same freedom to grow Ajax has.
Sid Lowe says Lionel Messi was never going to leave Barcelona this summer despite his now-expired exit clause.
Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens debate whether Philippe Coutinho will remain at Barcelona.
Sid Lowe explains why Barcelona should give Philippe Coutinho a chance if they can't find a buyer.
Sid Lowe warns that Barcelona's player swap plans could fail again if it can't persuade players to leave.

Barcelona will only be able to use money from sales of players to make other signings this summer, sources at the club have told ESPN. 

In each summer since 2015, president Josep Maria Bartomeu has designated between €60 and €75 million to be spent on new players, in addition to any money generated by departures.

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Barcelona make enquiry for Man City's Garcia - sources

Sid Lowe says Lionel Messi was never going to leave Barcelona this summer despite his now-expired exit clause.
Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens debate whether Philippe Coutinho will remain at Barcelona.
Sid Lowe explains why Barcelona should give Philippe Coutinho a chance if they can't find a buyer.

Barcelona have enquired about Eric Garcia's situation at Manchester City as they line up a potential move to bring the defender back to Camp Nou, several sources have told ESPN.

City were quick to knock back Barca's initial approach. High-ranking executives at the English club have made it clear that the youngster is not for sale.

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Barcelona's Coutinho wants Premier League return - agent

Julien Laurens emphatically rules out any chance Philippe Coutinho moves to Arsenal this summer.

Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho wants to return to the Premier League, according to his agent, but is unsure if a transfer will be possible this summer.

Kia Joorabchian has said the former Liverpool playmaker would also be willing to stay at Bayern Munich, where he has spent this season on loan.

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