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La Liga says Messi cannot leave Barcelona on a free transfer


La Liga, on Sunday, decided to take the side of FC Barcelona in the contractual battle between the club and their greatest-ever player Lionel Messi and said only if the Argentine’s release clause is paid for can he move out of the Catalan club as the current deal is still valid.

On Tuesday earlier this week, Messi sent a burofax to Barcelona expressing his wish to leave the club, days after their humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League. However, Barcelona replied to the Argentine saying they wanted him to finish his career in Catalonia.

Messi asked to execute a clause in his contract that allows him to terminate his contract unilaterally at the end of the 2019-2020 season and be a free agent. According to the contract, Barca say he was allowed to terminate the contract by June 10 but Messi says that with the extension of the season due to coronavirus pandemic, he has until August 31 to make his decision. The conflict may lead to a legal battle.

Following this, Messi has not turned up for training and on Sunday, he didn’t even turn up for pre-season coronavirus tests, exuding the feeling that he may be ready to force his way out of the club.

However, now La Liga have released a statement on how they see the contract and whether Messi can execute the unilateral termination clause of his contract.

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