Things are not going so well for FC Barcelona, but the Catalan top club is working to ensure the future. It would like to announce Pedri’s contract extension in the near future.
Vincent Van Genechten
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Pedro González López is still not 19 years old, but the Spanish diamond is regarded as the heir to the throne of Lionel Messi at the Blaugrana. Together with Ansu Fati and Gavi, among others, the playmaker must bring back the golden years of earlier this century.
The contract extension of Pedri, who impressed the Spanish national team at the last European Championship and played no fewer than 75 games last season, was therefore at the top of Barcelona’s to-do list. And that would now be agreed, with the teenager who would extend until 2026.
He would receive a substantial salary increase, so that Pedri is no longer one of the least paid players in the selection with an annual salary of around 920,000 euros. Also striking: the 18-year-old midfielder would receive a buyout clause, mandatory in Spain, of 1 billion euros. It’s a matter of holding off super-rich clubs like PSG and Man City. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) also has such a gigantic surrender clause, just like Cristiano Ronaldo in the past.
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With 12 out of 21 FC Barcelona will not go further than ninth place in La Liga for the time being. In the Champions League, the malaise is even greater with the recent zero out of six, after solid defeats (two times 3-0) against Bayern and Jan Vertonghen’s Benfica.
The fate of coach Ronald Koeman has been hanging by a thread for a while. In the Catalan press, national coach Roberto Martinez is mentioned as one of the top candidates for his possible succession, just like club icon Xavi.