Nov, 18th 2020 – La Liga president Javier Tebas says he is “ready” for the exit of Lionel Messi, while criticizing Manchester City, a club he believes could sign him. Messi, who he joined as a 13-year-old, submitted a transfer request in August at Barcelona, but backed down after they refused to sanction his release.
The forward had fallen out with Josep Maria Bartomeu, who subsequently resigned as Barca president in October. Tebas wants Messi to stay in Spain but feels La Liga would cope without him.He argued that the competition had continued to thrive following Neymar’s 2017 departure from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain, and Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2018 move from Real Madrid to Juventus.
He argued that the competition continued thriving following Neymar’s 2017 departure from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain and Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2018 move from Real Madrid to Juventus.
Tebas said, “We would prefer Messi to stay in La Liga but Ronaldo and Neymar left and we have not noticed any difference. We are ready.”
Speaking on Tuesday he said, “It seems the only club in Premier League that talks about registering Messi is Manchester City, who compete outside the rules. I am not the only one saying this. I am not too worried about them. I have criticized 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.”
Man City however opted not to respond to Tebas’ comments. They however understood that they are wrestling with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, limiting manager Pep Guardiola to a net spend of £31m during the most recent transfer window.