La Liga have released a statement supporting Barcelona in the Lionel Messi contract saga insisting that the 33-year-old can’t leave Barcelona unless his release clause (€700m) is met.
Messi and Barcelona have been embroiled in a legal battle surrounding his future, after the Argentine handed in a transfer request in order to push through a departure this summer.
Official statement by La Liga. They side with Barcelona in Leo Messi contract battle: “Current deal is still valid and paying release clause for €700m is the only way out”. 🛑
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 30, 2020
Messi has a clause in his contract that stipulates he may walk away from the club for free at the end of each season, but this is only if he provides prior warning of his decision and does so in a particular time frame.
For last season, that was 10 June, which Barcelona argue has expired, although Messi’s legal team claim this was extended to meet with the coronavirus pandemic postponing football.
Now, La Liga have released a statement saying that the player will not be sanctioned to leave the league without his release clause been paid – a potential blow to Messi’s exit hopes and suitors.