La Liga president Javier Tebas says he’s “prepared” for the exit of Lionel Messi – whereas criticising Manchester Metropolis, a membership he believes might signal him.
Messi submitted a switch request in August at Barcelona – who he joined as a 13-year-old – however backed down after they refused to sanction his launch.
The ahead had fallen out with Josep Maria Bartomeu, who subsequently resigned as Barca president in October.
Tebas needs Messi to remain in Spain however feels La Liga would cope with out him.
He argued that the competitors had continued to thrive following Neymar’s 2017 departure from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain, and Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2018 transfer from Actual Madrid to Juventus.
“We would favor Messi to remain in La Liga however Ronaldo and Neymar left and we now have not observed any distinction,” Tebas mentioned. “We’re prepared.”
The Argentina worldwide, 33, could be accessible on a free switch on the finish of this season.
Tebas indicated that Messi’s likeliest Premier League vacation spot, if he went to England, could be Etihad Stadium – though membership sources have identified that no-one at Metropolis has ever spoken about signing Messi.
La Liga’s president has repeatedly criticised Metropolis, having beforehand made quite a few allegations about their construction, together with accusing them of economic doping, earlier than they had been cleared of significant FFP breaches by the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport in July.
He aimed extra criticism at them when he spoke on Tuesday.
Tebas mentioned: “It appears the one membership in Premier League that talks about registering Messi is Manchester Metropolis, who compete outdoors the principles. I’m not the one one saying this.
“I’m not too anxious about them. I’ve criticised what they achieve this many instances. Doing it yet one more time makes no distinction. Metropolis is neither affected by Covid or pandemics or something as a result of they’re financed in a different way and it’s inconceivable to combat in opposition to that.”
Metropolis opted not to reply to Tebas’ feedback, though it’s understood they’re wrestling with the monetary affect of the coronavirus pandemic – limiting supervisor Pep Guardiola to a web spend of £31m throughout the newest switch window.
‘Barca not contemplating insolvency proceedings’
Tebas was talking on the finish of an hour-long presentation to stipulate the monetary state of La Liga following the shut of the switch window on 5 October.
Of specific curiosity was the scenario at Barcelona, who he mentioned had diminished their funds by 43%. In July, the membership revealed their debt had greater than doubled from 217m euros (£194.5m) to 488m euros (£437.4m), amid annual losses of 97m euros (£86.9m).
One journalist questioned whether or not it was potential Barca would possibly even have to enter administration, though Tebas rejected this.
“Barcelona are usually not contemplating insolvency proceedings,” he mentioned.
“Their debt may be barely bigger however they had been completely solvent pre-Covid. However Covid has come alongside and brought away a whole lot of income. They don’t seem to be so able to repaying the debt, so their wage quantity has to go down.
“That’s the important issue for many golf equipment. It’s not as a result of they had been mismanaged earlier.”
Barcelona are eighth in La Liga underneath new coach Ronald Koeman, having received three of their opening seven video games.
A lot of the issues on the membership have been blamed on Bartomeu, who as he left the membership in October, mentioned he had signed them up to a European Tremendous League.
This declare has acquired no backing from elsewhere, as Tebas identified.
“It was a clandestine league for the ten minutes after Bartomeu mentioned they’d joined,” he mentioned.
“I really feel sorry for Bartomeu. He mentioned it however then no-one else mentioned they had been becoming a member of. This undertaking will not be viable financially for the golf equipment competing or the opposite golf equipment. It could actually break the eco-system we now have established.”
Tebas mentioned he anticipated switch spending to stay low in January, however added that the monetary limitations being put in place throughout Spain’s prime two divisions would make them more healthy sooner or later.
Tebas mentioned that, in decreasing switch spend by 66% to £392.6m, La Liga’s golf equipment had been being “way more accountable than the opposite leagues”, citing the Premier League, whose golf equipment spent greater than £1bn on new gamers.