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Barca's President, Juan Laporta Explains The Reason For Messi's Exit

Barcelona's President Juan Laporta has given an update on the situation of things involving Lionel Messi at the club are over and that he does not want to generate "false hope" that the situation could be fixed.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Laporta explained that the disastrous situation inherited from previous board and La Liga's rigid spending limits has brought Messi's stay at the Club to an abrupt end.

Messi had reportedly reached an agreement to sign a new five year-contract at Camp Nou, extending his 21 year link with the Club and probably ending his career at the club, But the President, Laporte has with a heart full of devastation that the deal will not and can not be possible.

"I don't want to generate false hope," Laporta said when asked if the situation was retrievable. "During the course of negotiations, we've known of other offers for Messi. There was a time limit, for us and for{Messi's camp}, because they need time. The Leagues are starting.

"The Negotiations with Messi Have ended and it has brought us here without an agreement because of the salary limit. Leo wanted to stay but he's not happy. We all wanted him to stay but now, like us, he is facing the reality of what's happened. A reality that can't be changed".

Laporta said the only way to keep Messi would have been to accept the deal proposed by La Liga This Week, Which would have seen 10% of the League's business sold to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners.

Weighing up the pros and cons of La Liga's agreement with CVC, Laporta said no one is bigger than the club and that accepting the terms of the sale could have put the club at risk in the long term.

"it would not be be in Barca's best interests," he said. "We were going to receive some money but we think that accepting it-and affecting our[revenue from] television rights for the next 50 years-is not something we can do[to keep Messi]. it's too risky. the club is above players, coaches and presidents."

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