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Barcelona change stance on Vermaelen as contract talks begin

Barcelona have changed their stance on selling Thomas Vermaelen this summer and have instead, offered the Belgian a new contract.

Mundo Deportivo journalist Fernando Polo reports on the Catalan club’s plans for the summer and claims that the Belgian central defender will remain at the club past the summer.

Having struggled for fitness during his time at the Camp Nou, Vermaelen has since impressed this season, covering for Samuel Umtiti earlier in the season, when the Frenchman was injured.

His performances have caught the eye of a number of European clubs, and whilst it was of the expectation – that he would be sold this summer – club officials have now changed their mind.

Vermaelen’s current deal is due to expire in June, 2019, but Barca have put plans in place to extend that after the World Cup this summer in Russia, where the former Arsenal man will be on international duty with Roberto Martinez’s Belgium.

Vermaelen’s potential new deal could leave question marks around the future of Yerry Mina, who despite arriving in January – has failed to make an impact in the first team, playing just a handful of times in the Copa Catalunya final and for Barca at the weekend against Celta Vigo.

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