LaLiga It could affect Odegaard, Cazorla and others
As much as LaLiga are determined for Spain’s top two divisions to be completed by June 30, there is a chance that this won’t be the case and that the domestic leagues will go on into the summer.
If so then this would create a number of problems, especially when it comes to the contracts of players who are only tied to their current clubs until June 30.
There are several high-profile loanees who may not longer be under contract at their temporary clubs as the final rounds of LaLiga Santander are played.
Real Madrid have several players out on loan around the league right now – Sergio Reguilon at Sevilla, Javi Sanchez at Real Valladolid, Oscar Rodriguez at Leganes, Takefusa Kubo at Real Mallorca, Borja Mayoral at Levante and Martin Odegaard at Real Sociedad, although the Norwegian is expected to stay at the Basque club for two years.
Barcelona have also loaned out multiple players this year, such as Carles Alena at Real Betis or Rafinha at Celta Vigo.
There are also players currently out on loan who have purchase clauses and this could complicate matters even more.
Plus, there are several players who are set to become free agents on July 1, such as Ezequiel Garay, Santi Cazorla, Gonzalo Escalante, Nolito and Fabian Orellana.
At LaLiga, there is hope that there could simply be an extension to the current contracts.
“This issue doesn’t only affect LaLiga, but it affects all of European and even world football, so there’s a need for a global response for all,” league sources told MARCA.
“There could be a type of extension to reflect this situation.”
For LaLiga, it wouldn’t be a major problem to have to make such adjustments.
For now, though, the clubs of Spain’s top two divisions haven’t received any notification about such an extension.
Sources at one club did speak to MARCA about this possibility, though, and explained that the players are subject to Spanish labour laws just like any worker and that there could be complications.
Out-of-contract players might refuse to play and one lawyer has explained that there isn’t any language in contract about pandemics, so language about force majeure would have to be interpreted.
It’s a very uncertain and unprecedented time and there could be a lot of poring over the small print coming up.