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La Liga cannot allow Messi to leave, says Getafe president

Angel Torres thinks it would be a massive mistake

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Getafe president Angel Torres has been talking about Lionel Messi’s contract situation at Barcelona and says the club captain simply cannot be allowed to leave the Camp Nou and La Liga this summer.

The 34-year-old has been out of contract since his Barcelona deal expired at the end of June, although reports have claimed a new five-year deal has been agreed and is close to being announced.

Yet Barca must offload players or convince some high earners to take pay-cuts before being able to register Messi in order to comply with La Liga’s salary cap.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has made it clear he won’t “turn a blind eye” when it comes to Messi and that Barcelona must do things by the book. However, Torres thinks some flexibility should be allowed and that it would be a huge mistake if Messi were to leave.

“I have discussed it with Laporta and Tebas. LaLiga cannot allow Messi to leave this year. They would be making a mistake and we would all regret it. The best footballer in the world has to retire in Spain complying with the rules of economic control. I think LaLiga will be a bit flexible after the bad year in which Spanish football has lost 1,000 million due to Covid,” he said.

“And I will do whatever it takes so that footballers like Messi and Cristiano never leave because we are all harmed. Although it seems strange. Messi is for me the best footballer in the world and he must be in the best league in the world, which is La Liga.”

Source | Mundo Deportivo

Messi is currently on vacation after winning the Copa America with Argentina but is due back to Barcelona to start pre-season training on August 2. It’s thought the captain’s deal could finally be announced around that time.