Fresh off a great showing at the Under-21 Euros, Barça third goalkeeper Arnau Tenas now finds his future uncertain. The Barcelona board didn’t trigger the automatic renewal clause in his contract, and having expired in June, he’s now a free agent. However, according to SPORT, it’s quite possible a good offer from another team can lure him away.
Contract talks to begin soon
Barcelona considers his previous contract to be unfeasible currently and will look to offer him a contract for more years at a reduced price. Xavi, at a recent press conference, made it clear that he would like to count on Tenas for the future, and that he values him as a player. The Catalans have set a date of next week for contract talks to commence.
Tenas was one of Spain’s best players during the U-21 final, and throughout the competition as well. It’s clear that the 22-year-old is a talented player, but it’s hard to see a place for him in the first team as things stand.
Marc-André ter Stegen has just had a great year, and with Iñaki Pena backing him up, it’s likely Tenas will be loaned out if he does renew. It makes sense for the player as well, as he’s keen to have more minutes and first-team football.
Tenas has been with Barcelona since he joined the youth ranks in the 16/17 season, most recently playing for Barça Atlètic.
While his agent, Iván de la Peña, has received several interesting offers, all reports suggest Tenas will first listen to Barça’s proposal before deciding anything.
However, any new contract Barcelona could offer him would surely be for less salary, as the club’s economic situation dictates.
Tenas will return from his vacation on Monday next week, and talks are expected to resume then.
What do you think? Should Tenas be renewed, and how would you feel if another team were to tempt him away?