La Liga president Javier Tebas has expressed hope that Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos will stay in La Liga, but at the same time, he claimed that the Spanish league would be attractive without the two stars.
Javier Tebas spoke about his motivation for keeping Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos in Spain and also criticized Manchester City.
Messi made a lot of efforts to leave Barça during the summer, and he was upset with the club's board's performance.
City under Pep Guardiola was among the teams that were said to be keen to sign Messi, but in the end, the Argentine superstar decided to stay at the Nou Camp until the end of his contract.
Tebas once again expressed hope that Messi would stay in La Liga, but at the same time claimed that this competition would not lose its appeal in his absence.
"We would prefer Messi to stay in La Liga but Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar left and we haven't noticed any difference," said Tebas, who went on to criticise City over how they go about their business.
"It seems the only club in Premier League that talks about registering Messi is Manchester City, who compete outside the rules. I am not the only one saying this.
"I am not too worried about them. I have criticised what they do so many times. Doing it one more time makes no difference.
"City is neither affected by COVID or pandemics or anything because they are financed differently and it is impossible to fight against that."
Sergio Ramos will also be a free agent at the end of the season, and Tebas is optimistic he will stay in La Liga.
"I prefer Messi in the league, Sergio Ramos in the league," he said. "We have had important outings. But we are prepared to have the least possible impact.