Barcelona are ready to restart their campaign after the international break and are slated to face Bayern Munich in their first group stage game of the UEFA Champions League. The Blaugrana outfit will know the importance of this feisty clash, especially after their previous meeting last year which ended in a smashing 8-2 victory for the Bundesliga giants.
Manager Ronald Koeman will have his task cut out as he is already under pressure to deliver results this term. Last season, the Dutchman could only secure a Copa Del Ray trophy for the side, which later turned out to be the only saving grace for the club’s mediocre season.
For now, there has been a major development regarding the future of Sergi Roberto. As per the latest report, Joan Laporta has confirmed that Roberto is set to sign an extension with the club this season.
During the presentation of Luuk De Jong, the Club president gave an update about Roberto’s contract as he said :
With Sergi Roberto it’s all coming along well, it’s agreed, and just needs to be signed. In principle it’s done. They just have to sign the final documents. The same as the other captains, Sergi has made a gesture to support the club. The captains have made this gesture at a very difficult moment for the club. For me, they are gestures that will never be forgotten. They were already, but they are Barca heroes even more so now
At the current moment, we are yet to receive details of the contract but as per the President’s words, it has been more or less confirmed that the player will take a pay cut. Also, it would have been unlikely for them to increase the player’s wages especially considering the ongoing financial constraint at the club.
How will Barcelona benefit from Roberto renewal?
Probably, one of the most intriguing features of Roberto is his versatility. The Spaniard is a luxury for any coach as he brings flexibility in the side. Most importantly, the player is an effective member upfront and has contributed heavily in the final third whenever called upon to do so.
Sergi Roberto is 29 years old and is still considered a vital member of the Barca side. Last season, he endured a tough time with the Catalan side as he was forced to stay off the field due to injury concerns.
Currently, the Spaniard has been off to a flying start this season as he has already scored twice in three league fixtures and has become a starter under Ronald Koeman. The midfielder is again set to return to the side for the upcoming clash against Bayern Munich.