Barcelona — La Liga on Sunday released a statement saying Lionel Messi’s Barcelona contract was still valid, days after his shock announcement that he wants to leave the club and hours after he failed to attend a preseason medical on Sunday.

The ruling body said the only way for the Argentina forward to be released from the contract was to trigger a €700m release clause...

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