Lionel Messi’s father and agent Jorge has insisted that his son’s €700m release clause “is not applicable”.
Messi had informed Barca of his desire to leave on free transfer via an official note last week and did not turn up for the team’s first five days of pre-season training under new boss Ronald Koeman.
But Barcelona had insisted, with the backing of La Liga, that he would only leave if €700m was paid in full.
This led to Messi’s father Jorge arriving in Spain to hold crunch talks with Barcelona this week.
The talks which started on Thursday and extended to Friday apparently led to an impasse.
Hence, Jorge released a statement emphasizing on his son’s stance to leave the club for free, as the €700m release clause is not applicable.
The statement read:
“Jorge Horacio Messi, as representative of the professional football player Lionel Andres Messi, in reply to the statement published on August 30th, 2020 by the National Professional Football League regarding the contractual situation of the player, and apart from its obvious partiality because of the role that institution represents in defence of the interests of its members (the football clubs), needs to state that:
- We do not know which contract they have analysed, and on what basis they have concluded that it would include a “release clause” applicable in the event that the player decided to activate the unilateral termination of the contract, effective from the start of the 2019/2020 sporting season.
- That is due to a clear mistake from their side. So, as the clause 220.127.116.11 of the contract signed by both player and club literally points out:
“This compensation will not apply when the termination of the contract by the unilateral decision of the player takes effect starting from the end of the 2019/2020 sporting season.”
“Regardless of other rights that are listed in the contract and which they have omitted, it’s obvious that the compensation of 700million euros, listed in the previous clause 18.104.22.168, is not applicable at all.”
However, La Liga have replied the statement, insisting that the league’s original stance remains valid.
“La Liga has forwarded a response to the message sent by the representatives of the player Lionel Messi,” the statement read.
“This answer highlights and confirms that their interpretation is out of context and far from the literality of the contract, so La Liga reiterates the statement published on August 30th.”