Messi has already signed a new deal with Barcelona

The 30-year-old would be able to leave the club for nothing in the summer without a new deal

LA LIGA chief Javier Tebas confirms Lionel Messi HAS signed a new contract at Barcelona.

Tebas told a press conference he hoped to seal a new deal by March 2018 and that the sum included fees for domestic and global broadcasting rights.

"And Messi has signed with Barcelona".

Now La Liga president Javier Tebas has supported those claims, insisting that the announcement of the signings is a mere formality with the agreement having already been signed. "Contracts are official when they are signed and not when it is announced that they have been signed".

Back in September, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said Messi is already playing under a five-year contract signed on behalf of the player by his dad.

"Messi's has a contract and it has been renewed", Tebas explained to Cova de l'Ondera, a Spanish tabloid.

The delay is said have put other European clubs on alert with the Argentina worldwide having enjoyed another impressive start to the 2017-2018 campaign, scoring 16 goals in 17 appearances.

COUTINHO FOR BARCELONA: Camp Nou legend and fellow Brazilian Ronaldinho pointed out that Coutinho would be an ideal signing for Barcelona as he has the flair and quality to succeed.

'The idea is for Leo, who has been here since he was little, to stay here for life because he is an icon, ' said Grau.

However, Messi claimed last week he does still harbour a desire of returning to Argentina to represent his former club Newell's Old Boys.

"When I went to the club I imagined playing in the Primera Division, but I do not know what's going to happen in a few years".

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