The Camp Nou team is determined to commit the Argentine icon to a new two-year deal, but cannot afford his salary
La Liga president Javier Tebas says it would be ‘impossible’ for Barcelona to offer Lionel Messi the same salary he was on last season because they want to commit him to a new contract.
The Argentine star’s contract with the Catalan team expired at the end of June, but they have not yet given up hope of giving him a two-year deal.
What did Tebas say?
While Tebas admits that Ronald Koeman’s team will find it difficult to persuade the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to score again, he insists that no team on the continent could match the salary he was already on.
“He will not be able to sign the same terms as the previous contract. That would be impossible, but I also think no European club can pay the amount in his previous contract, not just Barcelona,” Tebas said.
“The decision on whether or not Messi stays depends on me, but on Barcelona. We want and hope that Barcelona will solve the problem so that Messi can stay here in Spain.
“We always want the best players in La Liga, but Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo are gone and we are still here and growing. We continue to work and Serie A and Ligue 1 have not grown as much as they would like. [with these stars].
“The Premier League players do not win the Ballon d’Or, but it is the best competition in sporting and financial terms. We should not be obsessed with players. I would like to keep Messi, but it is not essential. . “
Tebas defends salary cap
As a result of the pandemic, Barcelona’s salary cap was set at € 348 million (£ 299 million / $ 413 million), but the club eventually exceeded the figure.
Tebas maintains that La Liga will not relax the limit on the amount the club can spend and has defended the organization’s rules.
“Our regulations are adequate. It’s just a real situation with the pandemic that there is less revenue and more losses,” he added.
“Opening up the situation will only cause more debt. We have studied it a lot and think the regulation is acceptable and all clubs must abide by it. All clubs have approved this regulation themselves.
“It’s not the first time in recent years that this has happened where a club does not sign players but can not register the player. I’m sure Barcelona will correct that, but if they do not, they can not players do not register.
‘The big difference between Barcelona and the pandemic is that they have always been at the limit of wages. When the pandemic came, they did not have the buffer, so they would not be limited by the issue of the group.
“No other clubs have pushed to the absolute limit. They have lost € 350 million (£ 300 million / $ 415 million) since the pandemic, so it is not normal, especially in our league, to make it to the last Euro in to move the salary limit.
‘Real Madrid, according to their accounts, had limits, but they were less affected by the pandemic because they could not lose as much. Since then, they have spent less on players, and they have also sent out players who have been loaned out. high salaries, which was not the case with Barcelona. This is the difference between the two big clubs.
“It happened to other clubs like Manchester City, who made a loss of € 270 million (£ 232 million / $ 320 million) in revenue, and therefore do not do it economically. PSG have € 250 million (£ 215 million). / $ 296 million) big clubs lost money during the pandemic and the management of Real Madrid did fantastic during this time.
“If they have to cancel contracts, it might be cheaper than the money they pay into their paycheck. I think they’re on the right track. I’d talked to some of their players who know they’re not considered for next time. “does not become. years and wants to leave. Sometimes it means a financial fine to get rid of a contract.”
What about Barca’s other signings?
Barca have confirmed the signings of Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay and Emerson Royal this summer.
However, the club will not be able to deploy any of them in the new season unless they drastically reduce their current salary expenses.
To make it easier, they have already convinced Paid to accept a 30 per cent reduction to the € 7 million (£ 6 million / $ 8 million) per season, they initially agreed to pay him when he participates in a free transfer.
Garcia, who joined the club from Manchester City in January, has also agreed to lower his wages under new president Joan Laporta.