- Lionel Messi was linked with a move to Manchester City in the summer
- La Liga president Tebas explained that he was happy the Argentine did not leave
- The 58-year-old lawyer also want Barcelona chiefs to convince him to sign new deal
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Javier Tebas who is the president of the Spanish La Liga has explained that he was relieved that Barcelona captain Lionel Messi did not leave the Camp Nou this summer.
There were serious talks about Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona before the start of the ongoing League season in Europe with Manchester City named as his next destination.
The troubles started after Barcelona were defeated in an embarrassing fashion in the Champions League by Bayern Munich in which Lionel Messi failed to score.
Messi claimed while granting an interview with GOAL that he was disappointed with the defeat and thought leaving the Camp Nou would be better.
But after talks with his father who traveled from Argentina to Spain, Lionel Messi later agreed to stay and he is currently spending the last year of his contract at Barcelona.
Tebas who is a Spanish lawyer explained below according to report on Daily Mail and GOAL.
"As I always said, I will always want to see Messi in La Liga. If he stays at Barcelona, much better for Barcelona.
"The union between Barcelona FC and Messi is so good for Barca, for Messi and for La Liga. I'm not sure whether departing from Barcelona would have been a good idea for Messi.
"Messi will finally stay but I must say that we had already sold La Liga TV rights worldwide for the next four years and nobody called us asking to cancel that agreement in case Messi would leave. No one."
Meanwhile, Barcelona are currently occupying fifth position on the Premier League table with seven points after three games played so far.
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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Manchester City are highly favourites to sign Lionel Messi next season if the Argentine refuses to sign a new deal with the club, according to chief operating officer Omar Berrada.
The Etihad outfit were leading in the race to sign the 33-year-old after he submitted a transfer request to leave the Camp Nou this summer.
Several mouthwatering offers were made by the oil-rich Premier League club but Braca insisted that Messi's £630million release clause must be met before he could leave the club.
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