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Key figure who has ‘last say’ believes Messi’s Barcelona return is complicated

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Speaking to RMC Sport, La Liga president Javier Tebas has warned that Lionel Messi’s return to FC Barcelona is not as straightforward as it is being reported, stating that as things stand, the operation is still complicated.

Tebas has been at Barcelona’s throat over the Financial Fair Play and has been constantly reminding the club that they need to lower their salary mass by at least €200 million in the summer if they wish to sign and register new players.

Barça, for their part, have been working to comply with the Fair Play rules and are looking at various cost-cutting measures so that they can not only re-sign Messi but also register the new contracts of players like Gavi and Ronald Araujo.

To that end, the La Liga leaders have already sent in their economic viability plan to the league and board members are confident that they will receive the green light.

However, Tebas, who will have the final say, has again warned Barcelona that they need to make a lot of effort to get their ledger in the green and make Messi’s return possible.

“If you ask me the question today, Messi’s return to Barça is very complicated,” the La Liga supremo said.

“We have to see how that will evolve but several conditions would have to be met, Barça players would have to leave, there would have to be a reduction in wages. And then you have to know what salary Messi would have at Barça.”

Taking a dig at PSG at the same time, Tebas stated that Barcelona did not have a never-ending supply of oil money and need to adjust their wage bill accordingly.

“Barça are not like PSG, who have a gas and money tap that allows them to have a large payroll. As we speak, it’s complicated for Messi to return to Barça,” Tebas concluded.

Barcelona are expecting a response from La Liga on their economic viability plan in May, following which they intend to open formal talks with Messi. But, it is believed that an agreement between the two parties is imminent and the operation now hinges on the league’s approval.

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