LaLiga have released a statement supporting FC Barcelona on their stance with regards to Lionel Messi's situation.
The Argentine reportedly did not show up for the club's pre-season tests on Sunday as he claims he is not longer an FC Barcelona player.
It has been reported that there was a clause that woud allow Messi to leave Barcelona for free, although the club insists that clause expired in May and any potential suitor will need to pay to the Argentine's €700million buyout clause.
The league has now stepped in claimed the release clause must be paid if Messi wants to leave the Camp Nou.
With regard to the various interpretations (some of which are contradictory) published by a number of media outlets in recent days in relation to the contractual situation surrounding FC Barcelona player Lionel Andrés Messi, after having studied his contract with the club, LaLiga considers it appropriate to clarify that:
The contract is currently in force and features a release clause to be applied in the event that Lionel Andrés Messi should decide to activate the early unilateral termination of the contract, vidpursuant to Article 16 of the Royal Decree 1006/1985 of 26 June, which regulates the specific labour status of professional athletes.
In line with the regulations and procedure that apply in such instances, LaLiga shall not proceed with the release required for the player to be deregistered from the Spanish Football Federation unless the aforementioned clause has been paid.
Scroll through the gallery below to see 10 players Koeman could sign for Barcelona