Lionel Messi will join Barcelona’s training camp at St George’s Park next week after cutting short his holidays.
The Argentine has been named in a 25-man squad for the trip to the UK which also features Luis Suarez, Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal.
Messi was not due back in training until the start of August after helping Argentina to the final of the Copa America and will have five days’ training ahead of Saturday’s International Champions Cup clash against Celtic in Dublin.
The likes of Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic remain on holiday following Euro 2016, and 12 of the travelling party are from the club’s youth ranks. New signings Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne will also be missing.
However, former president of Barcelona Joan Laporta, has claimed that there are “certain powers” at Barcelona who want Lionel Messi out of the club.
Laporta accused current Prseident Josep Bartomeu’s board of letting Messi down during his tax ordeal, and the former Barca President time wasted no time in escalating his criticism by fueling talk of a conspiracy behind the scenes at Camp Nou, geared towards forcing the Argentine to leave.