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Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez return to the training pitch as they prepare for Juventus friendly

  • Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were back out on the training field
  • Lethal pair were put through their paces by new manager Ernesto Valverde
  • Barca face Juventus in International Champions Cup in New Jersey on Saturday
  • Messi and Suarez will aim to hit ground running when season starts on August 12

Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have returned to training following their extended summer breaks.

Europe's deadly double act were back out on the pitch at the club's Joan Gamper training ground with glorious summer sunshine gracing Sant Joan Despi on the outskirts of the city.

Ernesto Valverde watched on as Barca's returning stars were put through their paces ahead of their first pre-season friendly against Juventus at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Barcelona's triple threat Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar train together on Monday

Barcelona's triple threat Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar train together on Monday

Suarez and Messi were reunited with their Brazilian team-mate after an extended holiday

Suarez and Messi were reunited with their Brazilian team-mate after an extended holiday

Messi opens up his groin during a stretching exercise at Barca's Joan Gamper training ground

Messi opens up his groin during a stretching exercise at Barca's Joan Gamper training ground

The club's new manager Ernesto Valverde will hope to implement his training methods quickly

The club's new manager Ernesto Valverde will hope to implement his training methods quickly

The Catalan giants will head out to the United States this week, where they will play three games in the International Champions Cup with fixtures against Manchester United and Real Madrid following the encounter with Massimiliano Allegri's side.

Messi and Suarez have been reunited with Neymar, and Valverde will hope the trio's extended summer breaks will bear fruit come next May.

MSN's various international exploits, from the World Cup to the Copa America to the Olympic Games, have meant they have been permitted on several occasions to arrive for pre-season training later than many of their team-mates.

But with the new La Liga season not starting until August 12 – and the fixtures only announced this week – the lethal trio will have four weeks to prepare for their domestic bow.

Neymar will be expected to kick on again this season as the club look to regain the La Liga title

Neymar will be expected to kick on again this season as the club look to regain the La Liga title

The Brazil forward shares a joke with Suarez during the training session in sweltering heat

The Brazil forward shares a joke with Suarez during the training session in sweltering heat

Messi cools down with a drink in the session with Barcelona due to fly out to USA this week

Messi cools down with a drink in the session with Barcelona due to fly out to USA this week

The Catalan giants face Juventus at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Saturday

The Catalan giants face Juventus at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Saturday

Given the change in management, the famous front three that scored 363 goals during the Luis Enrique era will need time to adapt to Valverde, and they looked in relaxed mood as they got to grips with the former Atletic Bilbao manager's training methods.

Members of the club's B team took part in the training session, with Adrian Ortola, Sergi Palencia, Carles Alena, Marc Cucurella and Vitinho making up the numbers as they looked to leave a lasting impression on the senior coaching staff.

Meanwhile, the club are expected to table a final offer for primary summer target Paulinho, according to reports in Spain on Monday morning.

Messi speaks to Valverde on the training pitch before any balls were introduced to the drills

Messi speaks to Valverde on the training pitch before any balls were introduced to the drills

Suarez and Gerard Pique were clearly excited when Valverde brought out the training balls

Suarez and Gerard Pique were clearly excited when Valverde brought out the training balls

Andres Iniesta takes part in a possession drill - a thankless task if you're in the middle at Barca

Andres Iniesta takes part in a possession drill – a thankless task if you're in the middle at Barca

Valverde speaks to his squad at the end of the training session and outlines his vision

Valverde speaks to his squad at the end of the training session and outlines his vision

Valverde is keen to strengthen his midfield options this summer with the arrival of Paulinho

Valverde is keen to strengthen his midfield options this summer with the arrival of Paulinho

Daily publication Sport report that Barca have tempted Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande with an offer that exceeds 26m ( 30m) but does not match Paulinho's 35m ( 40m) release clause.

However, the transfer fee could potentially surpass the 35m mark depending on Paulinho's performances at the Nou Camp.

After facing Madrid in Miami on July 29, Barcelona will return home to face Chapecoense at the Nou Camp on August 7 in the annual Joan Gamper Trophy.

The Brazilian club were invited to take part in the match after the horrific plane crash that killed 71 people in November of last year.

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