La Liga president Javier Tebas has revealed that Barcelona have indeed tied Lionel Messi down to a new long-term contract.
The Catalan giants announced in July that the Argentina international had agreed a four-year extension at the Camp Nou, with his current deal up at the end of the season.
However, there has never been any official confirmation from Messi, who would be free to hold talks with other clubs in January.
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But Tebas insists that the 30-year-old will continue to ply his trade in Spain's top flight beyond the current campaign, having committed his future to Barca.
"Messi has a contract which has been renewed," the 55-year-old told reporters at a Europa Press media event.
"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."