Sergi Roberto is hoping he can gain a ‘lifetime’ deal at Barcelona after negotiations began over a new and improved contract.
The Catalan giants are preparing new contracts for duo Gerard Pique and Roberto, who has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou in recent times.
The new offers will keep both at the club until 2022 as Robert Fernandez casts an eye on the long term as they seek to avoid another exit like that of Neymar this summer.
That is the case for Sergi Roberto in particular. The homegrown midfielder’s release clause currently stands at just 40 million euros, and with several European clubs interested, there is concern that an English club would not hesitate to fork out such a fee. Chelsea and Manchester United were both linked in the summer.
Roberto, like Pique, has been a regular in Ernesto Valverde’s side as they have made a perfect start to their La Liga campaign.
And, after being crowned the Best Catalan Footballer of the Year at an awards ceremony on Monday, Roberto spoke to ESPN about his future.
“Barca are the club of my life and I want to stay here forever,” he said.
“So I want it to be clear: no one should worry about my renewal. I am at the best club in the world and I’ve been lucky to come through the youth teams and reach the first team. I am really happy here.”
The versatile Spaniard has also had more game time in his natural midfield role, only filling in at right-back when Nelson Semedo has been rested. That could prove vital to keeping him happy long-term.
After Andres Iniesta signed a supposedly lifelong deal, Lionel Messi remains the only key player yet to commit to a long term deal at the Camp Nou. Club bosses have assured the Catalan media that a deal is in place and insist that an announcement is simply a matter of time away.