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Barcelona president Joa Laporte has quashed any hopes of the Catalan club resigning Leo Messi following the announcement yesterday that the club and the Argentine are parting ways due to financial issues.
The football world was thrown into shock yesterday following the news that the La liga giants is ending their 20 year affair with the 4 time ballon d’or winner.
However, the 34-year-old had been expected to sign a new five-year contract with the Catalan club, which would have seen his salary reduced by 50 per cent, thereby ending speculation of him leaving the club/
However, in a dramatic turn of events, Barcelona yesterday announced that they wont be able to continue their relationship with the 4 time champions league winner due to the Laliga financial rules, thereby making Leo a free agent.
Despite yesterday’s announcement, some football pundits and Barca fans were muting that the Argentine would be resigned if he futher lowered his wages or If LaLiga makes a u -turn.
But in what seems like a final nail in the coffin, Barca president, Joa Laporte in a press confrence this morning quashed any hopes of resigning Leo Messi saying the situation is irredemable.
”We had phone conversations every single day with La Liga and we thought they were prepared to accept Messi’s contract . so we have to look at the reality and we cant proceed with Messi contract , we cant put Barca at risk” Laporte said.
Laporte also acknowledged the effort of messi in helping the club saying he wanted to stay by accepting a 50% pay cut
”We had an agreement with Messi and he was helping the club , he made it easy . we had total agreement, but we cant register it -yesterday we spoke with Leo and his father Jorge about this limit we had from LaLiga.
When Laporte was asked if Laliga later allows them to register Messi will the club resign him?
”We cant live of dreams , ilove dreaming but its not the case, we have to talk about reality . We have an agreement, we cant register it.
Stating further, the Barca president said, ” According to our calculations we cant register Memphis Depay, Eric Gracia and Kun Aguro . I hope there will be no problems.
In the meantime, news are in the rife that French giant Paris – Saint German have opened direct talks to the camp of Leo Messi.
According to popular Italian transfer journalist, Fabrizio Roman in a tweet , he said.
”Paris Sain-Germain are now ‘progressing’ in direct negotiation to sign Leo Mesii . Talk ongoing to find the right structure. PSG are pushing since yesterday and now feeling confident”.
He however said Premiership giants Manchester city are quiet.