LaLiga de España issued a statement today to “clarify” the situation of Argentine Lionel Messi and after analyzing his contract with Barcelona warned that he will only be able to leave the club by paying the termination clause.
The entity chaired by Javier Tebas considered it appropriate “to clarify the different interpretations related to the contractual situation” of Barcelona’s top star and warned that it will not enable the transfer process if the termination clause is not paid.
“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 Andrés Messi with FC Barcelona”, was the beginning of the surprise statement from LaLiga .
And it fixes its position on two key points: “The contract is currently in force and has a” termination clause “applicable to the event that Lionel Andrés Messi decides to urge the early unilateral termination of it, carried out in accordance with article 16 of the Royal Decree 1006/1985, of June 26, which regulates the special employment relationship of professional athletes “.
And he adds: “In compliance with the applicable regulations, and following the corresponding procedure in these cases, LaLiga will not carry out the prior visa process for the player to be removed from the federation if he has not previously paid the amount of said clause.”
Messi did not go to the Sports City of Barcelona this morning to take the medical tests and the coronavirus test before the start of the preseason. Lio decided not to appear because he considers that his contract has ended and, as he stated last Tuesday through a burofax, he wants to make use of the unilateral exit clause that allows him to go free.
Without a doubt, the departure of Barcelona from Rosario will not be easy, and now, the Argentine also has LaLiga against him.