Javier Tebas, the La Liga president, has said that Lionel Messi has signed a new contract with Barcelona.

Barcelona CEO Oscar Grua has said on a few occasions that the club were offering Messi a new lifetime deal but there have been questions lingering over whether Messi has actually signed one.

However, Tebas now says that unless he has been misinformed by Barcelona, the player has signed a new contract.

Talking to reporters at a Europa Press media event, Tebas said, “Messi has a contract which has been renewed. Contracts are official when they are signed and not when it is announced that they have been signed. Messi has signed with Barcelona, if I have not been lied to, he has signed.”

In September Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said that Messi was playing under a five-year deal that was signed on behalf of the player by his father. However, there has been no official confirmation from the La Liga club and this has caused concern amongst fans.

Speaking to Sky Sports in October Guillem Balague said that Messi is already being paid according to the terms of the new contract and that “all that is missing is the picture with the president.”

Last week Messi spoke about his desire to one-day return to his boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys. Speaking to the Argentine channel TyC Sports Messi said, “The desire is always playing for Newell’s, it is what I dreamed as a kid. 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.”

However, he wouldn’t be drawn on any commitments saying, “I cannot say I’m going back because I do not know where I’m going to be.”