Lionel Messi was actually forced to leave training early this week due to injury – not a bust-up with Paris Saint-Germain manager Christophe Galtier.
Rumours circulated on Friday claiming that Messi had been left dissatisfied with Galtier’s coaching and left before the session at PSG’s training ground, was completed.
But, new reports claim that the Argentine legend instead withdrew from training after feeling discomfort in his adductor, as uncertainty surrounding his future at the club continues.
Sport report that Messi asked to leave early and was given permission, contrary to claims that he’d been involved in argument with Galtier – who escaped the sack after being knocked out of the Champions League.
It is still unclear if Messi’s issue will rule him out of PSG’s home clash against Stade Rennais on Sunday.
If he does play, it could prove to be one of his last matches at the club. The 35-year-old is set to become a free agent in June when his contract expires, as PSG attempt to tie him down to a new deal.
A return to Barca has been mooted, with the club president Joan Laporta meeting with his father, Jorge Messi, who this week went to Saudi Arabia amid claims that he’s plotting a big-money move for his son.
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“I met Jorge Messi yes,” Laporta confirmed this month. “We talked about the World Cup and a tribute match for Leo. He’s at PSG right now, so I don’t want to speak about whether or not he could return.”
After his World Cup victory with Argentina, Messi said: “I feel great at PSG. The first year cost me a lot to adapt to Paris, but now I feel good with a lot of desire to feel comfortable in the club and in the city. I’m enjoying it a lot. This season I started it differently with a lot of enthusiasm.”