La Liga have responded to Lionel Messi’s desire to leave Barcelona and recent reports surrounding the saga.
Cadena SER claimed on Saturday that Messi’s €700m release clause expired at the end of last season and is no longer valid.
However, La Liga have announced that Messi remains under contract and his release clause is still active.
“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 Andres Messi with FC Barcelona, La Liga considers it convenient to clarify that, once the player’s contract with his club:
“The contract is currently in force and has a ‘termination clause’ applicable to the event that Lionel Andres Messi decides to urge the early unilateral termination of the contract of June 26, by which regulates the special employment relationship of professional athletes.
“In compliance with the applicable regulations, and following the corresponding procedure in these cases, La Liga will not carry out the prior visa process for the player to be removed from the federation if they have not previously paid the amount of said clause.”
Source | La Liga
Messi failed to attend PCR testing on Sunday at Barcelona, meaning he can’t start pre-season training with the club on Monday. Barcelona are yet to respond to the most recent events but have so far been adamant they won’t sell their captain.