La Liga president ‘prepared’ for Lionel Messi’s departure

La Liga president ‘prepared’ for Lionel Messi’s departure

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

La Liga president, Javier Tebas, says he’s “prepared” for the exit of Lionel Messi – whereas criticising Manchester Metropolis, a membership he believes may signal him.

Messi submitted a switch request in August at Barcelona – which he joined as a 13-year-old – however backed down after they refused to sanction his launch.

The ahead had fallen out with Josep Maria Bartomeu, who subsequently resigned as Barca president in October.

Tebas needs Messi to remain in Spain however feels La Liga would cope with out him.

He argued that the competitors had continued to thrive following Neymar’s 2017 departure from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain, and Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2018 transfer from Actual Madrid to Juventus.

“We would favor Messi to remain in La Liga however Ronaldo and Neymar left and now we have not observed any distinction,” Tebas stated. “We’re prepared,” he added.

The Argentina worldwide, 33, could be accessible on a free switch on the finish of this season.

Tebas indicated that Messi’s likeliest Premier League vacation spot if he went to England, could be Etihad Stadium – though membership sources have identified that no-one at Metropolis has ever spoken about signing Messi.

La Liga’s president has repeatedly criticised Metropolis, having beforehand made quite a few allegations about their construction, together with accusing them of monetary doping, earlier than they have been cleared of significant FFP breaches by the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport in July.

He aimed extra criticism at them when he spoke on Tuesday.

Tebas stated: “It appears the one membership in Premier League that talks about registering Messi is Manchester Metropolis, that compete exterior the foundations. I’m not the one one saying this.

“I’m not too nervous about them. I’ve criticised what they achieve this many instances. Doing it another time makes no distinction. Metropolis is neither affected by Covid or pandemics or something as a result of they’re financed otherwise and it’s inconceivable to battle towards that.”

Metropolis opted not to answer Tebas’ feedback, though it’s understood they’re wrestling with the monetary impression of the coronavirus pandemic – limiting supervisor Pep Guardiola to a internet spend of £31m throughout the latest switch window.

Barca not contemplating insolvency proceedings

Tebas was talking on the finish of an hour-long presentation to stipulate the monetary state of La Liga following the shut of the switch window on October 5.

Of specific curiosity was the state of affairs at Barcelona, which he stated had lowered their funds by 43%. In July, the membership revealed their debt had greater than doubled from 217m euros (£194.5m) to 488m euros (£437.4m), amid annual losses of 97m euros (£86.9m).

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One journalist questioned whether or not it was potential Barca may even have to enter administration, though Tebas rejected this.

“Barcelona should not contemplating insolvency proceedings,” he stated.

“Their debt is likely to be barely bigger however they have been completely solvent pre-Covid. However Covid has come alongside and brought away a variety of income. They don’t seem to be so able to repaying the debt, so their wage quantity has to go down.

“That’s the important issue for many golf equipment. It’s not as a result of they have been mismanaged earlier.”

Barcelona are eighth in La Liga underneath new coach Ronald Koeman, having received three of their opening seven video games.

A lot of the issues on the membership have been blamed on Bartomeu, who as he left the membership in October, stated he had signed them up to a European Tremendous League.

This declare has obtained no backing from elsewhere, as Tebas identified.

“It was a clandestine league for the ten minutes after Bartomeu stated they’d joined,” he stated.

“I really feel sorry for Bartomeu. He stated it however then no-one else stated they have been becoming a member of. This mission shouldn’t be viable financially for the golf equipment competing or the opposite golf equipment. It might actually break the eco-system now we have established,” he stated.

Tebas stated he anticipated switch spending to stay low in January, however added that the monetary limitations being put in place throughout Spain’s high two divisions would make them more healthy sooner or later.

Tebas stated that, in decreasing switch spend by 66% to £392.6m, La Liga’s golf equipment have been being “way more accountable than the opposite leagues”, citing the Premier League, whose golf equipment spent greater than £1bn on new gamers.

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