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LaLiga: Barcelona senior leadership group rejects pay-cut

Barcelona’s senior leadership group will not be taking a pay-cut this season.

Marca says Barca have met recently with the representatives of Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba in order to find a formula through which these salary reductions could be translated into more space in the wage bill.

LaLiga have made clear to Barcelona that Pique receiving another pay cut won’t help them make space in their salary cap and register new players.

The two parties have met in recent days in an attempt to find a mutually satisfactory solution, but it has not been possible. Pique has already taken several salary reductions, either by deferring payments or directly reducing his wages.

This is what is happening this season. In the last two years, Pique has deferred just over 30 million euros. He did so with the previous board when they asked him for help and he did it again last summer when he reached an agreement with current sporting director, Mateu Alemany.

Last summer, not only did he again defer a very important part of his salary, with the risk that this entails, but he also accepted a salary cut of just over 15m euros from his guaranteed salary for this and the next season.

He also renounced variables from objectives that could be easily achieved in his bid to allow the club generate more income.

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