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LaLiga Chief Opens Up On 'War With Messi'

LaLiga chief Javier Tebas has opened up about the league's public spat with Lionel Messi's camp last week.

Read: Messi's Father Releases Statement

The Spanish league got involved in Messi's argument with FC Barcelona over a special clause in his contract that would allow him to leave for free, which the player's camp insisted was still valid while the club maintained that it expired on 10 June.

LaLiga supported Barcelona's stance and remained firm in their argument even after Messi's father released a statement accusing LaLiga of analysing the wrong contract.

"It wasn't my battle with Messi," Tebas told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I would have done the same if it had been Pepito Perez or any other player in our league.

"As a league, we must defend the rules and promote justice: they must respect the contracts. Always. Whether you're called Messi or Pepito Perez."

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Tebas insisted he does not feel like the winner in the feud after Messi confirmed in an emotional interview that he is forced to stay at Barcelona despite wanting to leave in this window.

"No, absolutely not. I personally don't see it as a battle with Messi and his team," he added.

"I've got a special appreciation for Leo, I love him, and the history he's created in our football over the last 20 years. How could I be at war with him?

"I repeat, my intervention was only so that contracts were respected. But it's clear that with Leo being involved, the media turned it into a giant story."

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