“If we terminate current contracts, that also has its risks, and the only way to have that salary margin was to accept that the operation doesn’t work for Barca.”
Laporta praised Messi for his role in agreeing a new contract and is sad that the situation has panned out as it has.
He added: “We have been at it for two months and we have gone through different stages. The first agreement was two years to be paid in five, and Leo agreed with that.
“He was always present in negotiations and he tried to make it easy for us.