The Spanish Football Governing Body, LA LIGA has this Sunday issued a statement about Lionel Messi’s future. In a statement, the governing body says Messi’s contract is still active until 2021 and any club that wants to buy him must meet the release clause in his contract €700 million.
This comes after Messi’s handed his transfer request last week and many big teams are interested in signing him. Among the teams are Manchester City which are favorates, Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain, and Juventus.
Statement on Official Website;
“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 Andrés Messi with FC Barcelona, LaLiga 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 Andrés Messi decides to urge the early unilateral termination of the contract, carried out in accordance with article 16 of Royal Decree 1006/1985, 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, LaLiga 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.”