BREAKING NEWS: Messi signs new Barca deal with EUR700m buyout clause

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Lionel Messi has signed a new deal to stay at Barcelona until 2021, with the Catalan giants inserting a EUR700million buyout clause into the terms.

Barca said in July that Messi had agreed a contract until June 2021, which would be signed "in the coming weeks".

The lack of confirmation on that agreement had led to talk that Messi could sensationally leave Camp Nou, with the Argentina superstar reportedly the subject of an audacious bid from Manchester City for his services.

However, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu said earlier this month that Messi had signed three different deals - agreements with his Messi Foundation and one relating to image rights to run alongside the contract of employment - to cement his long-term future at the club.

And the long-running saga finally came to end on Saturday, with Messi putting pen to paper on his fresh terms the five-time European champions.