Lionel Messi is unexpectedly not returning to Barcelona after the club announced that they failed to achieve a new contract for the Argentine. In football news, it is reported that Lionel Messi wanted to stay in Barcelona.
The player had expected to sign his contract on Thursday and come back to training on Friday morning but things didn’t go as planned, according to Diario Sport. Barca’s president Joan Laporta apologized to Messi’s father, Jorge, who came to the club’s office counting on the signing of a new deal, saying the club isn’t in a position to register Leo.
On top of that, the Argentine’s representative stated he’s ready to take an extra pay cut to stay in the club. The Catalans informed the family there’s nothing they can do due to the salary cap. The striker didn’t contact any other club, confident he could sign the renewal, as per sources close to Messi’s family, but now he is open to proposals.
Laporta: “The club is above all”
Barcelona president Joan Laporta’s press conference is underway. Lots of questions have to be answered and above all – on the departure of Lionel Messi. “I am here to explain the situation about Messi. I need to say first, sadly we have such a bad financial past that means the wages are 110% of the income so we have no flexibility.”
“The situation is even worse than we were told and what we had calculated based on official data. The debt is bigger than we expected. That is linked to fair play of course. The new contract could not be approved.”
“On that, we don’t agree with the deal La Liga has reached because it mortgages us for half a century. The club is above all – the players, coaches, and directors”, – said Laporta, claims journalist Guillem Balague.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has stated that the club is set to record losses of 487 million euros due to the pandemic. “We expected to make losses of around 200 million but actually on course to record losses of 487 million.”
“We’ll need to work even harder and better to attract sponsors to the club, to explain what Barca is and what it represents, and the fact that we have a squad of incredibly talented players. I am sure we have a promising future ahead”, – said Laporta at the press conference, reports Diario Sport.
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