Brazillian right-back Emerson Royal confidently bets on his chips of making a comeback to FC Barcelona as his Real Betis’ contract is soon running out.
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The talented right-wing back had signed for Barça from Atlético Mineiro for €12.7 million. The transfer fee was mutually shared via an agreement between Barça and Real Betis that retained them with a percentage of Emerson’s economic rights. He became a Betis player in 2019, with Barça holding an option of reacquiring him for €6 million in 2021.
Is Emerson a good fit for Barcelona?
The Brazillian has played brilliantly this season as compared to his last two. He has shown significant improvements in his statistical and trajectorial growth for being considered a solid option for the Blaugrana. The Barcelonistes are expected to buy back 80% of Emerson’s rights to snatch him away from Benito Villamarín.
"“I have a contract with Barça and I want to fulfil it, I’m happy to have so much recognition. As of July 1, my Betis contract ends and I have three years at Barça. I’m happy. It’s a club I’ve dreamt of playing for since I started playing football and every footballer wants to play for Barcelona. I’ll continue to do my job for the national team and then try to establish myself at Barcelona.” – Emerson via Marca."
Emerson has equally grabbed the attention of the Brazillian national team, as they have selected him over the veteran Dani Alves as his successor. Alves had always been an asset for both his national team and his former club. Royal certainly has some big shoes to fill after already drawing expectations and comparisons to Dani.
"“Dani Alves is very important to me,” Emerson said. “I have a lot of affection for him and I’ve always followed him. He’s an inspiration and I hope to meet him personally, with the national team or away from it. I can learn a lot from him.”"
It’s an interesting anecdote that both the successor and the predecessor were talented Brazillian right-backs, who left a Seville-based club only to join FC Barcelona.
What are your expectations from him?