In a recent press interaction (h/t MARCA), La Liga president Javier Tebas offered a series of inputs regarding FC Barcelona and their current economic situation.
He also offered his thoughts on the Antoine Griezmann issue over Atletico Madrid, suggesting that the dispute can be resolved in court.
But it was his comments regarding Barcelona’s financial policy and inflated wage bill that served as the highlight of the interview, with Tebas stating: “Barcelona have to activate more levers or further reduce the wage bill. It is impossible for them to maintain this wage bill for the next season.”
Tebas’ comments come in the aftermath of a busy transfer window for Barcelona that saw the club sign no less than eight quality individuals.
But with the club still yet to get rid of expensive players such as Frenkie de Jong, Gerard Pique and even Jordi Alba, they salary mass remains extremely high.
Tebas explains that “There will be no levers next year. We’ll see what can arise from the sale of players. It is very difficult or rather impossible for him to maintain it next season.”
The president of La Liga also sheds light on the Jules Kounde issue, clarifying that Spanish football had made no favours to Barcelona by allowing them to register the Frenchman.
“There has been no help from La Liga with Barça. To register Kounde, Barcelona had to provide a personal guarantee. Barça were not at risk of bankruptcy, they have plenty of assets, but they have to control and reduce their wage bill a lot,” he said.
Apart from Barça’s economic policies, Javier Tebas was also asked about the situation revolving around Antoine Griezmann.
With Barcelona now seeking legal measures against Atletico Madrid for intentionally limiting the player’s game-time, Tebas believes only the court can resolve this situation, which is subject to arbitration.
“Griezmann? The issue of Griezmann would have to be determined by an arbitration tribunal of external jurists and in 6 months there should be a decision, which would not be subject to appeal,” he added.
Although Barcelona have threatened to find legal solutions to the matter, Atletico Madrid board remain undeterred by the Catalans’ attempts, as they believe they are well within their rights to exploit the loophole in the Griezmann contract.