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Bartomeu says he isn’t the Messi contract leaker

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The former president has denied he’s involved

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The former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu came under more fire over the weekend after details of Lionel Messi’s contract emerged.

Given the normally confidential nature of contract details, the media and public immediately started to consider who might want leak the info and. unsurprisingly, Bartomeu’s name cropped up.

Here’s what he’s had to say about it

“It’s a very serious issue and it’s totally illegal to leak professional contracts. Speaking on TV and making accusations is easy, but it’s not a joke and this will end up in court.

“By the way, Leo deserves what he earns. Both for professional and commercial reasons. Without the pandemic, Barcelona could easily pay those figures.”

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Barca have already threatened legal action against the leaker, while Ronald Koeman was also pretty furious about the report after last night’s win over Athletic.