October 05 (THEWILL) – FC Barcelona were unable to secure La Liga’s agreement to extend the contract of Lionel Messi, who left for Paris Saint-Germain to the dismay of the Catalans, due to his excessive payroll, but Javier Tebas, president of Spain’s top-flight football division, has said it is possible Messi may have stayed in La Liga.
In an interview with Cadena Cope, Tebas revealed how Barca president Joan Laporta could have settled the contract situation and kept Messi on the Catalan side with his extended contract.
Tebas said: âThe players love [Memphis] Pay and [Sergio] AgÃ¼ero was signed by Laporta. Messi could have stayed if these players had not been signed.
With the deal to sell 10% of La Liga shares to investment fund CVC Capital Partners, Tebas also believed FC Barcelona could have extended Messi’s contract by participating in the deal.
According to La Liga president, this was a scenario that Barcelona president Joan Laporta rejected but initially praised: âI saw Laporta having dinner in July and he agreed to sign the HVAC agreement. I don’t know if Messi’s contract would have been renewed, but then I got a phone call asking if we could speed up the CVC as Messi was getting nervous. “
However, as Laporta claimed earlier, they lost Messi to PSG after refusing to sign La Liga’s CVC Capital investment deal, insisting that La Liga asked the club to put a pen. on the CVC deal in order to give them the green light to renew Messi’s deal. contract, which expired on July 1.
Laporta said in an interview after Messi’s move to Paris was confirmed: “What happened is what was explained. There is objective data. Anyone can compare. We were pressured to sign. the HVAC loan [deal] or there is no fair play.
âThere was no margin. There was a pre-agreement and we shook hands. There have been several deals and La Liga seemed to accept it, but then they said no without CVC. We didn’t think the situation was going to get better and we ended it.
After all these twists and turns, as well as the non-extension of Lionel Messi, Tebas’ statements will not please Barcelona fans, especially with the club in a very difficult situation in the post-Messi era with the pressure on the Dutch manager Ronald Koeman after a pair of UEFA Champions League losses and loss to Atletico Madrid this weekend.