Lionel Messi’s father and agent Jorge Messi insist that Barcelona’s €700m release clause is “not applicable at all and his son should be able to leave the club for free.
However, a statement was released shortly by La Liga after Messi’s declaration. The statement said that the clause needs to be paid if Messi is to be allowed to leave Barcelona.
Jorge Messi claims the massive clause which Barcelona added in his son’s contract as insurance has expired at the end of last season. If Jorge could prove this as the case, the Argentine international could leave the club for free this month, should all parties reach an agreement.
Lionel Messi mentioned his urged to leave Barca in an official note. Following that, didn’t show in the club’s training after new manager Ronald Koeman was signed. The scene has led to Messi’s father traveling to Spain this week for talks with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the club hierarchy over a possible exit.
Jorge Messi statement
Jorge released a statement on behalf of his son. The statement said We don’t know what contract they have seen and analyzed to back the claims only the buyout clause is applicable even if the player decides to unilaterally terminate his contract after the 2019/2020. This must be a major error on their own part. As it is written in the clause 220.127.116.11 of the contract signed by the club and the player.
He added by saying, It is obvious that the compensation of €700m doesn’t apply at all.
La Liga said it had analyzed the player’s contract which remained valid with an active release clause. And Messi won’t leave the club if the clause is not been paid. Messi claimes he triggered an exit clause in his contract which he could do as soon as the season finished. Barcelona claimed the clause has expired before June 10.
The Argentine international is not short of suitors but there are few clubs who have the financial capability to sign him.
Manchester City is the only club that has shown huge interest and seems to be the possible place for Messi. Messi has also worked with City coach Pep Guardiola at Barca and the duo has a good relationship.