Barcelona’s four captains have had a difficult season. While Gerard Pique has already confirmed his retirement from pro football, Jordi Alba has not had the greatest of beginnings to the season.
There are even rumours that Alba will be released at the conclusion of the season. Sergio Busquets, whose tenure at Camp Nou expires in 2023, is in the similar boat.
Sergi Roberto is the last remaining captain. The dynamic veteran has also had a difficult season, succumbing to another injury just as he appeared to be in fine form on the field.
Xavi Hernandez, on the other hand, is making steps to prolong his contract, which expires at the conclusion of the season.
According to recent sources, the player may be given a new contract since Xavi wants to keep him for at least one more season. This is especially true given that the Blaugrana cannot spend to recruit two new right backs, as Hector Bellerin will also go in the summer.
However, despite Xavi’s best efforts, Roberto’s career at Barcelona remains uncertain, according to Toni Juanmarti on Beteve. Because of his experience and adaptability, the player is well-liked in the Barça camp, but it looks that the club may struggle to come to an agreement with Roberto on a new deal.
This is due to the Spaniard’s opposition to the concept of further cutting his remuneration. Roberto’s pay was previously adjusted when his contract was renewed earlier this summer.
He was even linked with a transfer away from Camp Nou, however the club eventually gave him a new contract at Xavi’s request. According to the claim, Roberto gave up 60% of his pay to stay with the Blaugrana.
However, despite his desire to stay at the club well beyond season, he is unwilling to decrease his wage any further.
As a result, the chance of a longer stay at Camp Nou may be fading. And, as Barcelona struggles with the Financial Fair Play regulations, a new deal for Roberto may be unachievable, especially if Xavi decides to rejig his roster and rebuild the team from the ground up.