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'I will always want to see him in La Liga': Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona in the summer would NOT have been a good idea, says relieved league president Javier Tebas Lionel Messi handed in a transfer request to leave Barcelona in the summer  But the Barca captain opted to stay after a move away became unrealistic La Liga chief Javier Tebas admitted he was relieved that Messi stayed at Barca Tebas also warned of the financial impact should football stop again this year 

By Kieran Jackson For Mailonline

Published: 06:39 BST, 12 October 2020 | Updated: 07:24 BST, 12 October 2020

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La Liga president Javier Tebas insists Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona in the summer would have been a mistake for all involved. 

Barca captain Messi shocked the world in August when he handed in a transfer request to leave the club, with Manchester City, PSG and Inter Milan all linked with a stunning move for the 33-year-old. 

But with Barcelona and LaLiga insisting that his £634million (€700 million) release clause had to met, the Argentine eventually stayed with the club for this season and league chief Tebas admitted a hint of relief at what transpired in the end. 

Lionel Messi staying at Barcelona was the right decision for all involved, says Javier Tebas

Lionel Messi staying at Barcelona was the right decision for all involved, says Javier Tebas 

The LaLiga president admits he was relieved for club, player and the league that Messi stayed

The LaLiga president admits he was relieved for club, player and the league that Messi stayed

'As I always said, I will always want to see Messi in La Liga. If he

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