Barcelona have banned captain Lionel Messi from attending the club’s training session.

AS reports, Messi will not train at Barcelona until he signs a new contract with the Camp Nou team.

The Argentina captain has been a free agent since July 1.

Despite reports that Barca’s No 10 will sign a five-year contract, the deal has yet to be signed. Due to Barcelona’s financial difficulties, Messi was forced to take a pay cut to stay at the club.

The deal calls for Messi to suffer a 50% pay cut. Messi’s previous contract expired on June 30, meaning he has been a free agent since July 1, but he’s unlikely to agree to the terms elsewhere.

Messi is currently enjoying an extended hiatus after representing his country at the Copa America last month.

The 34-year-old captained Argentina to the title in South America as they beat hosts Brazil 1-0 in the final.

By Scopie

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