LaLiga chief clears Lionel Messi for exit – but takes swipe at Man City

Date published: Wednesday 18th November 2020 9:07 - James Marshment

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La Liga president Javier Tebas insists the league can cope and will move on after Lionel Messi departs amid fresh talk a move to Manchester City is very much on the cards.

Pep Guardiola’s men were keen on signing the Argentine over the summer when Messi was trying to engineer a move away from Barcelona.

That failed to materliase, but City could still sign the 33-year-old on a free in eight months’ time.

Wednesday’s papers claim City could even try and sign Messi as early as January.

Either way, there no appears an air of inevitability that Messi and Barcelona are heading for a parting of ways.

His departure will leave a huge void at Barcelona, given the crazy records he has broken over the years.

However, Messi’s exit will also leave LaLiga bereft in general.

Nonetheless Tabas is adamant – like Cristiano Ronaldo before him – the Spanish Primiera Liga will be able to cope.

However, he could not resist taking a massive swipe at Manchester City in the process.


“We would prefer Messi to stay in La Liga. But Ronaldo and Neymar left and we have not noticed any difference,” Tebas said. “We are ready.

“It seems the only club in the Premier League that talks about registering Messi is Manchester City, who compete outside the rules.

“I am not the only one saying this.

“I’m not too worried about them. I have criticised what they do so many times. Doing it one more time makes no difference.

“City is neither affected by Covid or pandemics or anything because they are financed differently and it is impossible to fight against that.”


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Tabas defends Josep Maria Bartomeu

One of Messi’s biggest gripes has been the leadership behind the scenes at Barcelona.

However, with Josep Maria Bartomeu having left, there remains a chance the Argentinian superstar could yet stay.

While many supporters have cheered Bartomeu’s demise, Tabas believes he should not be blamed for their mounting debts.

“Barcelona are not considering insolvency proceedings,” he added.

“Their debt might be slightly larger but they were perfectly solvent pre-Covid. But Covid has come along and taken away a lot of revenue. They are not so capable of repaying the debt, so their salary volume has to go down.

“That is the essential factor for most clubs. It is not because they were mismanaged earlier.”


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