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In the last 48 hours Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have both announced massive wage reductions for players, while Real Madrid say a wage reduction at the Santiago Bernabéu is inevitable.

With arguably Spains biggest three clubs all being forced to slash expenses it is stunning to hear that a small club, like Getafe, feel that the big clubs are overacting.

Getafe president Angel Torres has ruled out his club using an ERTE for player’s wage reductions and believes other clubs have ‘rushed’ into utilizing them.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said the coronavirus pandemic will have huge consequences on the transfer market, including an increase in swap deals, but insists the club will still be able to sign the game’s biggest stars.

Barca players have already agreed to a temporary 70% pay cut as measures are taken to help minimize the effects of the health crisis on the club’s finances.

“There is not going to be as much money in the transfer market this summer because of the pandemic,” Bartomeu told Diario SPORT.

“But I predict that we are going to see a lot more player exchange deals.”

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Following a trend that we have seen at Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid see it as inevitable that they will need to eventually reduce the salaries of their football players.

According to El Pais, Madrid president Florentino Perez and club captain Sergio Ramos had previously discussed the situation and agreed that no salaries would be touched.

However, the club covers the salaries of 800 different individuals and the longer than anticipated absence of football means that the higher earners from football will need to reduce their income.

Zinedine Zidane is reportedly looking to sell five of his Real Madrid stars in order to lay the foundations for another spree of signings as Madrid look to ring the changes this summer.

According to AS, Zidane has been told in no uncertain terms that he must sell before he buys, meaning that the Frenchman will attempt to offload some of his outcasts in order to fund big money moves.

It spells what could be the end for Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Lucas Vasquez, who have teetered on the outskirts of the Los Blancos squad for large spells of this season.

Atletico Madrid Forced To Cut Players Wages

Atletico de Madrid have declared an ERTE to reduce costs on employees: “With the sole objective of guaranteeing the survival of the club.”

As outlined by El Mundo, the move by the club will impact 500 of its employees including all players, coaches and physios employed by the club across its multiple categories.

The club is activating an ERTE – Spain’s temporary redundancy scheme which is activated by the state of emergency within the country, with businesses losing access to their profits. This is similar to what Barcelona announced earlier today.

Barcelona Slash Player Wages By 70%

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Barcelona first team players look set to lose 70 percent of their income due to the coronavirus outbreak and the suspension of Spanish football.

A report in Cadena Cope reveals how the club are set to trigger an ERTE, meaning that all of its players will lose the majority of their income due to exceptional circumstances under Spain’s current state of emergency.

An ERTE is Spain’s temporary redundancy scheme which is activated by the state of emergency within the country, with businesses losing access to their profits.

LaLiga Suspend Season Indefinitely

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La Liga and the rest of the Spanish football calendar has been suspended indefinitely as the coronavirus continues to disrupt sport across the world.

LaLiga and the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) revealed the news in a joint statement on Monday.

All organized football in Spain had been postponed for two weeks due to the spread of the coronavirus but was initially due to resume on April 3.

However that has now changed with football in Spain postponed for the foreseeable future.

Quique Setien Barcelona Manager

Barcelona manager Quique Setien is reportedly set to stay in charge of the LaLiga giants next season. The 61-year-old took over from Ernesto Valverde in the hotseat in January and has guided Barcelona to the top of the league.

And now Setien will remain at the Nou Camp next season with the boss already involved in plans for the new campaign, according to Spanish outlet SPORT.

Setien arrived from Real Betis mainly because he believes in the same philosophy that Barcelona has, which is that possession of the ball is everything.

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La Liga president Javier Tebas says he is “convinced” the league will be able to complete the 2019-20 season despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

The top two divisions in Spain are currently at the start of a two-week break on all fixtures, while the Spanish government is also set to declare a 15-day national lockdown on Monday in an attempt to halt the spread of the virus.

A similar approach has been employed by authorities across the continent as they seek to limit events with large crowds, resulting in a near-total shutdown of all sporting events.

Simeone Compares Jan Oblak To Messi

Jan Oblak Atletico

Diego Simeone compared Jan Oblak to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi after the goalkeeper’s exploits helped Atletico Madrid eliminate Champions League holders Liverpool.

Oblak produced a man-of-the-match display with a number of important saves in Atletico’s stunning 3-2 extra-time victory over Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday.

Liverpool were on top for much of the last-16 second leg – having 34 shots on goal – but they could not move clear of Atletico or get the better of Oblak as the visitors secured a 4-2 aggregate triumph thanks to Marcos Llorente’s brace and Alvaro Morata’s late strike.