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Lionel Messi transfer blow as Barcelona say his contract at the club is still valid and any interested clubs must pay his €700m release clause

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Lionel Messi transfer blow as Barcelona say his contract at the club is still valid and any interested clubs must pay his ?700m release clause

LaLiga released a statement on Sunday confirming that Lionel Messi’s €700million release clause at Barcelona is still active and any interested clubs must pay the massive fee. 

The Barcelona captain shocked the football world last week when he informed the club via fix last week that he wanted to leave the Spanish giants this summer on a free transfer.

The 33-year-old has a clause in his contract which states he can leave on a free transfer at the end of each season should he want to. But Barcelona have claimed that the clause expired on June 10, while Messi and his representatives are arguing that it should have been extended to the end of August due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Spanish Football League is now standing with Barcelona in the contract row and they have now confirmed that the release clause is still active.

A La Liga statement read on Sunday: ‘The contract is currently in force and has a “termination clause” applicable to the event that Lionel Andrés Messi decides to urge the early unilateral termination of the contract, carried out in accordance with article 16 of Royal Decree 1006/1985, of June 26, by which regulates the special employment relationship of professional athletes.

‘In compliance with the applicable regulations, and following the corresponding procedure in these cases, LaLiga will not carry out the prior visa process for the player to be removed from the federation if they have not previously paid the amount (€700million) of said clause.’

This means that any interested clubs must pay his €700m release clause to sign the Argentinian star this summer. 

Manchester City are favorites to sign the Barcelona captain following reports that his father Jorge Messi has already met with the Premier League club to discuss the transfer terms.

The statement comes shortly after Messi failed to arrive for his scheduled Covid-19 test at Barcelona on Sunday morning, casting more doubt on his future at the club.

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My teammates don’t pass me the ball- Aguero

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Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, left the pitch miserable about his partners’ hesitance to pass the ball to him, during the last phases of their success against Borussia Monchengladbach in the champions league.

Aguero substituted Bernardo Silva in the 75th moment, with Pep Guardiola’s side previously driving 4-0 on total.

Be that as it may, the 32-year-old didn’t enroll a single shot on goal in a short time on the pitch. ESPN reports that Aguero communicated his disappointment to a mentor following the full-time whistle, saying: “No me pasan la pelota” which means “They don’t pass me the ball.”

It is accepted that Riyad Mahrez was the primary offender, as he selected to shoot whenever gave risks in and around the box in the closing targets.

The Algerian, who has been in productive structure, couldn’t track down the back of the net however, with his shots either askew or saved by Gladbach goalkeeper, Yann Sommer. Aguero has in the previous week been connected with a free transfer to Barcelona this mid year, with his agreement at City terminating toward the finish of the period.

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Aubemeyang responds to being dropped by arteta for tottenham clash

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Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has at long last responded in the wake of being dropped to the seat by coach, Mikel Arteta, during arsenal’s premier league derby 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Arsenal crushed Jose Mourinho’s side at Emirates, on account of two goals from Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette as Erik Lamela’s strike was insufficient for the guests.

Aubameyang had turned up late preceding the game, and the strict Arteta didn’t go easy on him saying:

“He was not going to start the game.“We had a disciplinary issue, we have drawn the line, and we move on.

“We have a process that we have to respect for every game, and that’s it.

“It was a decision made after evaluating everything and who Auba is and what he’s done.

“We have other players who can play.”

Responding, Aubameyang, in a post through his Instagram account, was brimming with acclaims for his partners after the match.

In a post portraying his colleagues praising, the Gabonese striker said: “North London is Red and that is it!!!” Aubameyang will presently would like to highlight for arsenal when they face Olympiacos in the Europa League on Thursday.

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Anthony joshua says he is looking past fury

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Anthony Joshua has uncovered he is ‘looking past’ Tyson Fury and accepts his rival will consider resigning after their blockbuster £200million standoff this mid year.

The two Brits are nearly agreeing to meet in the not so distant future for the undisputed heavyweight crown.

Joshua demanded that he actually has colossal desire to satisfy subsequent to confronting Fury, yet addressed whether the WBC champion will have the yearning to continue to face after their Conflict of Britain.

Road To Undisputed, Joshua said: ‘He (Fury) can bring whatever he wants, it doesn’t matter.

‘The press conference antics, the fight antics, the hands behind the back, I love that stuff, that’s all part of it, you know that’s his job, but my job is to close the show.

‘He’s a warm-up act [with his antics], he’s there to do all that stuff but ultimately my job is to close the show and that’s all that matters.

‘For him, he said that after he fights me, maybe he fights [Derek] Chisora, then he’s ready to go off into the sunset.

‘For me, I’ve still got so much more I want to do in this boxing game, the road to undisputed (champion) is part of the journey, it’s not the end to the journey.

‘That’s why I know I will get past this fight because I’m looking past him, I want more, this isn’t where this stops.‘The fight, god willing, will be this year, I’m saying it is going to be this year, I’m going to speak into existence and I will be victorious.’

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