Barcelona hopes to renew Messi and Ter Stegen

Barcelona hopes to renew Messi and Ter Stegen

Josep María Bartomeu does not fear for the continuity of the captain and the goalkeeper, and revealed a clause to renew Suárez automatically.

Renovations of some locker room heavyweights are one of the issues that the Barcelona and the club president, Josep María Bartomeu, He was convinced that he will continue to count on Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Marc-André Ter Stegen.

Regarding the renewal of Rosario, who ends his contract in 2021, he expressed in an interview with Mundo Deportivo that “Messi has said many times that he wants to retire here and I have no doubt that he will renew.”

The president also explained that Suárez could extend his contract until 2022: “Luis has a contract that, depending on the number of games he plays, automatically renews for the 2021-22 season.”

About Ter Stegen, Bartomeu marks the extension of his contract as a priority: “Not only for his quality as a goalkeeper but for his personality as a player, his way of being and relating. He is a prop of the dressing room and of the future. To be a goalkeeper , he is very young and he is already in the elite. And at 28 he is one of the three best in the world. He understands what happens in society and knows that given the decrease in income in clubs like Barça he must adjust his salary ” .

The Blaugrana leader also explained that wages could be reduced due to the effects of the coronavirus crisis: “All the players are doing it and we are working on it. I am not going into figures. I am saying that they adapt their salaries to the level of income that the club has now and what he will have in the future. He is working with each player. Everyone understands it. I want to thank that in March, April and May the teams have reduced their salary by up to 12%. Yes, we are adjusting expenses to income and until we do not Let us know how the template looks, we will not decide anything. “

On the other hand, Bartomeu was pessimistic with the possibility of making great signings like Neymar’s. “Now we are making decisions and the players, if they do not come from the exchange of footballers, it is very difficult for them to come.”

He also did not convey much optimism with the arrival of Lautaro Martínez: “Yes, we have spoken with Inter but now the issue is stopped. Now the concentration on the sports part is in this Champions that comes to us now.”

However, the manager analyzed the arrivals of other players who are already signed up for the next course such as Pedri, Miralem Pjanic or Trincao: “Yes, we already have seven new players. In January, Barça made a series of bets for the future and since we made them people are seeing the quality they have “.

“Pedri, who is a young player with incredible talent. Trincao, who was very unknown, we signed him in January and he is already the best Under-21 in Europe. And Matheus Fernandes, who has played little because he had some problems with the roles to come to Spain, he already has them in order and has had few appearances but of quality in Valladolid. And Pjanic is a player who will come and will surely consolidate in minute zero in the first team. He is very excited to see players from Barça B that go up “, he adds to analyze the hiring.

Likewise, Bartomeu confirmed that Araujo, Riquie Puig and Ansu Fati will have a file with the first team: “From Araujo, the center that will surely have a file with the first team, Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati. To these players, for their evolution and their current formation , it is up to them to have a first team record. I think it is good news for Barcelona that B returns to bring players to the first team. La Masia does a sometimes dark job, little known, but there are very good players like Collado, like Monchu, who have a very good future. “

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