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3 Transfers. 3.1 In; 3.2 Out; 3.3 Transfer summary, today 1st July, Lionel Messi's contract with Barcelona expired amidst negotiations to sign a new contract
No surprise to hear that La Liga have released an official statement backing Barcelona in the contract saga with their superstar Lionel Messi.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has already seen two of the biggest names in the world, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo leave Spain for PSG and Juventus respectively, and the last thing he wants it to see is Lionel Messi playing in another league next season.
So it was not a surprise to see La Liga back Barcelona in the Messi contract dispute, releasing this statement on their website:
“In relation to the different interpretations (some of them contradictory to each other) published in recent days in different media, related to the contractual situation of the player Lionel Messi with Barcelona, La Liga considers it convenient to clarify [matters].
“The contract is currently in force and has a ‘termination clause’ applicable to the event that Lionel Messi decides to force the early unilateral termination of the contract.
“In compliance with the applicable regulations, and following the corresponding procedure in these cases, La Liga will not carry out the process for the player to be removed from the federation if they have not previously paid the amount of said clause.”
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