News Follows Rumours Of Imminent Deal
Lionel Messi has already put pen to paper on a new deal with Barcelona. That’s according to La Liga president Javier Tebas.
Messi’s old contract is due to expires at the end of this season. As long ago as July it was being suggested that he was ready to sign a new contract with the Catalan giants when he returned to pre-season training. Then in September it was confirmed that the deal had been ratified by his father Jorge, who also acts as his agent. At that stage the Argentina international had only to add his signature.
But speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Tebas said this information was that the new contract has already signed.
“Messi has a contract and he has already renewed,” said Tebas. “Contracts are official when they are signed, not when they are said to have been signed and Messi has signed with Barcelona. Unless he is deceiving me, he has signed it.”
Tebas’s information is likely to be correct. Clubs lodge copies of players’ contracts with La Liga as a matter of course.
It is also likely that Messi decided not to have a song-and-dance over his latest renewal. There was speculation that his new deal would be worth around €1million a week which would increase scrutiny of the club’s finances at a time when they face an expensive stadium refurbishment.