Barcelona denounce leak of Messi talks

FC Barcelona on Wednesday denounced daily El Mundo’s publication of information about the terms of a contract extension for its former Argentine star Lionel Messi in 2020, which ultimately came to nothing.

And El Mundo revealed earlier today in a report that Messi made some big demands during talks with former Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu to extend his contract and extend it with the Catalan club.

And the newspaper indicated that Messi, in order to continue playing with the Catalan club until the end of his contract, which was due to expire in June 2021, was ready, in 2020 in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic, to agree to a 20 per cent cut salary, but demanded reimbursement within two years. The next two years – by 3 percent.

He also demanded a reward of 10 million euros for the extension and reduction of the penalty clause to a symbolic sum of 10,000 euros.

According to El Mundo, Messi also requested a room at the Camp Nou stadium for his family and the family of (Uruguayan friend) Luis Suarez, as well as a private jet for his family during the Christmas period and in the event of a high tax rate on players in Spain, the Catalan The club should bear the costs, not Messi.

These demands were contained in emails exchanged between Messi’s father and Jorge Messi’s agent, the player’s lawyer and Catalan club officials, including then-president Juan Bartomeu, which El Mundo was able to access.

The Catalan club condemned the leak of this information and said in a statement: “FC Barcelona expresses its outrage at the deliberate leak of information that is part of the lawsuit”, hinting that it could take legal action against the newspaper.

On Wednesday, Barcelona expressed regret that “El Mundo boasts of having access to a huge number of documents and emails in the possession of the Persagata investigation”, although this information and these documents “have not yet been shared with the parties.”

The Persagate scandal, reported by Radio Cadena Ser in 2020, involves the Catalan club’s involvement in a contract with a public relations company to run a smear campaign on social media against Bartomeu’s opponents and personalities like Messi (Gerard) Piqué . , former coach Josep Guardiola and current Javi Hernandez.

The Catalan club confirmed that the released documents “have nothing to do with the investigation of the case, and their use damages the reputation and confidentiality of the club.”

“For this reason, and in order to protect the rights of FC Barcelona, ​​the legitimate interests of FC Barcelona are already studying the appropriate measures to be taken,” Barcelona concluded.

Source: agencies

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