La Liga president Javier Tebas is below the impression that Lionel Messi has already put pen to paper on a brand new Barcelona contract.

Talks between Messi and Barcelona have been ongoing for the previous 12 months. Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau even recommended final month that the membership will supply the Argentine a lifetime contract just like the one Andres Iniesta signed.

There’s been no affirmation but from the Catalan aspect, however Tebas is assured that the 30-year-old has already signed a deal that can maintain him in Barcelona past 2018, when his present contract expires.

“Messi has a contract which has been renewed,” Tebas advised reporters, in accordance with Spanish outlet Marca.

“Contracts are official when they’re signed and never when it’s introduced that they’ve been signed. Messi has signed with Barcelona; if I’ve not been lied to, he has signed.”

Messi has beforehand recommended he would finally desire to return to Argentina to complete his profession with boyhood membership Newell’s Outdated Boys.

Doubt over his future in Barcelona was initially fuelled when Messi reportedly advised membership officers final 12 months he would favor to attend till 2018 earlier than contemplating his future.

Nevertheless, in accordance with Tebas’ declare, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner could have already dedicated to staying on the membership.