Sergi Roberto confirms Barcelona contract talksDecember 5, 2017
Sergi Roberto has said his contract talks with Barcelona are on track, amidst talk of a potential move away from the club.
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.
“My contract renewal is on track,” Roberto told a news conference on Monday before Barca’s Champions League game against Sporting Lisbon.
“I’ve been a Barcelona fan since I was little. There are always talks to be had, but I’m sure we’ll come to an agreement.”
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.