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Ronald Koeman takes his first training session as Barcelona manager with Lionel Messi absent

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Ronald Koeman took his first training session as the new manager of Barcelona as his feud with star Lionel Messi continues.

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After the sacking of Quique Setien, Koeman was appointed as the Catalan club’s new boss and took no time at all to ruffle a few feathers within the camp.

As talisman and club legend Lionel Messi was absent, the Dutchman was pictured alongside his squad in their first session together ahead of the new LaLiga season.

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The Barcelona players were pictured taking part in some basic running drills, with winger Ousmane Demebele pictured jogging in the club’s new training kit.

Elsewhere, Gerard Pique was shown with a ball at his feet as he dribbled at a light pace in the Spanish sun.

However, the most noticeable factor from Koeman’s first session was the absence of Argentine attacker Lionel Messi.

The forward has failed to report to the first two days of pre-season with Barcelona, and faces the prospect of a £1million fine as he tries to force a summer exit from the Nou Camp.

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