A week after being suspended by Paris Saint-Germain over an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia, Lionel Messi has made an early return to training this Monday, as announced by the club. According to Le Parisien, he was alone in training, with the rest of the squad being given the day off after the win over Troyes yesterday.
The Argentine was initially set to be absent from the Camp des Loges training ground for the duration of his two-week suspension, which has ostensibly now been shortened in the wake of his public apology made on Friday afternoon.
The 35-year-old had skipped last Monday’s training session – which was not cancelled as a result of the defeat to Lorient the previous day – in favour of his commitments as the Gulf state’s tourism ambassador. The suspension reportedly covered training and matchdays, and would see his pay docked for the full two weeks.
Messi’s future at the club remains uncertain, given his contract expires at the end of next month. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is said to have an offer on the table from Saudi Arabia, with Al Hilal reportedly looking to bring in his former teammates Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets – as well as Marco Verratti – in order to win him over. A move to Inter Miami and a return to Barcelona are also potential options for the veteran.
GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin