Mon. Sep 28th, 2020

La Liga on Sunday launched a statement saying Lionel Messi’s Barcelona contract was nevertheless legitimate, days soon after his shock announcement that he desires to depart the club and hrs soon after he failed to attend a pre-season healthcare on Sunday.

The ruling physique stated the only way for the Argentine forward to be launched from the contract was to set off a 700-million euros ($833 million) release clause.

“In compliance with the applicable rule, La Liga will not approve a request to be de-registered as a player with the Spanish football federation, unless of course the sum in the release clause has been paid,” La Liga stated in a statement.

Messi did not attend a healthcare with Barcelona on Sunday, a Barca club supply confirmed. Reuters footage showed gamers arriving for coronavirus exams on Sunday morning and Messi did not seem. He had been due at Barcelona’s instruction ground at ten.15am community time.

The 33-yr-previous 6-instances globe player of the yr informed his lifelong club on Tuesday he wished to depart straight away, plunging Barca into new turmoil significantly less than two weeks soon after their humiliating eight-two Champions League quarter-ultimate defeat by Bayern Munich.

Messi’s attorneys system to invoke a clause in his 4-yr contract, signed in 2017, which would have permitted the forward to depart the club for cost-free if he had requested it by June ten.

They will argue that that date – nominally the finish of the season – is now irrelevant soon after the coronavirus delays that led to the season’s extension and the crew taking part in deep into August.

Barcelona unwilling to negotiate Lionel Messi departure

Barcelona is unwavering in its intention to preserve Lionel Messi and will not facilitate his departure.

Spanish media reviews stated Messi has contacted the club to try out to resolve the circumstance. Barcelona stated Saturday that it will not negotiate to permit the Argentina good to depart just before his contract ends subsequent yr.

Messi is not anticipated to report to the club on Sunday for scheduled coronavirus testing that is necessary for the complete squad just before instruction can resume subsequent week, in accordance to Catalan radio RAC1.

Earlier this week, Messi stated he wished to invoke a contract clause that permitted him to depart at the finish of final season, but the club stated the clause had currently expired.

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