Lionel Messi: Report goes against La Liga's statement about Barcelona star's €700m release clause

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Barcelona's players returned to the club's training ground for coronavirus testing on Sunday ahead of pre-season training but, as expected, Lionel Messi wasn't there.

It was widely reported on Saturday that the Argentinian wouldn't attend Barcelona's Covid-19 testing scheme as he attempts to force through a move away from the Camp Nou.

And while some fans waited outside the Joan Gamper training complex at 10am to see if their hero would turn up, they were left disappointed.

Messi wants out after years of disorganisation at the club but Barcelona aren't making things easy for him. 

They claim that the deadline to activate the clause in Messi's contract that would allow him to leave this summer has already passed.

The 33-year-old and his lawyers, however, claim that he can still activate the clause because the season was extended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The new La Liga season is scheduled to start on September 12 so the two parties don't have much time to sort things out.

The league came to Barcelona's side on Sunday by claiming that Messi's €700 million release clause is still valid.

But that not even be entirely accurate after an update from Spanish journalist Alfredo Martinez.

Martinez, who works for Onda Cero, has just taken to Twitter to claim that Messi's €700m release clause DOESN'T apply, and that he can leave Barcelona for free.

So what was that La Liga statement about, then?

Of course, the league aren't going to want to let their prized asset go but it seems strange for them to side with Barcelona if they haven't considered what Messi's contract actually says.

Given everything Messi has done for Barcelona and La Liga, it would be a real shame if they continue to make this difficult for him.

Especially if his contract really does allow him to leave for free this summer.

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