BARCELONA – Barcelona will begin to discuss the renewal of Ilaix Moriba’s contract next week, a source from the Barça club confirmed to ESPN Digital.
The main objective of the first contact with the new agents of the young midfielder is to lay the foundations of a new contract that is to be extended for five seasons, until 2026 and that would already replace the current one, whose completion is in June 2022.
The continuity of Ilaix, which was advanced by the newspaper La Vanguardia and confirmed by ESPN, whose personal desire is to continue at the club, is a key issue in Barça’s sports plans, which since 2019, when his first professional contract was signed, has observed the youth squad as one of the fundamental pieces in the future plans of the entity.
It was for this reason that at that time the salary limit established for grassroots football players was broken with him, signing an agreement for three seasons and two million euros that had the personal support of José Mari Bakero, who saw the footballer as an exception despite the reluctance that aroused in other managers of the quarry.
The emergence of Ilaix in the second half of last season, directly sponsored by a Ronald Koeman, who gave him more prominence than Miralem Pjanic or Riqui Puig, caused the negotiation to treat his continuity in the club to be catapulted to the fore before than expected and although that possibility has already begun to be explored before the presidential elections, it has been in the last month and a half that it has taken all the leading role in the offices of the Camp Nou.
Barça intends to tie the player to a contract for five seasons with an increasing salary, which could start from 2.5 million dollars in his first year, depending on his performance and which would be accompanied by extra bonuses for titles won and for his debut in the absolute Spanish team.
Although the sports area of the Barça club, according to Ronald Koeman, maintains the intention of incorporating a midfielder with a marked physical profile after the fiasco that the case of Georginio Wijnaldum has entailed, confidence in Ilaix is indisputable, after having participated in 18 official matches since his debut on January 21, two days after turning 18, in a Cup match against Cornellá.