Sergi Roberto to sign two-year contract extension

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The Reus-born midfielder wants to stay at Barcelona, despite interest from abroad and the need to agree to a pay cut

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Jordi Gil

Sergi Roberto, the 'third captain' of FC Barcelona, is holding conversations with the club to extend his stay at Camp Nou. This new deal would involve a significant wage cut in light of the club's pressing financial situation. With his current deal due to expire in June 2022, he is now hoping that an agreement can be found to prolong his stay at the club of his life.

It is understood that a deal could be reached before the end of the month. Sergi Roberto's agents, from the Josep Maria Orobitg law firm, are working to reach an agreement on a two-year extension to his current deal which would see him remain at the club until June 2024.

This news comes days after Gerard Piqué announced that he had agreed to take a significant wage cut, allowing Barça to register its new players in time for Sunday's fixture. Given Roberto's desire to remain at Camp Nou and the club's need to lower its wage bill, he has also agreed to negotiate a new deal on a reduced salary.

Serie A and Premier League clubs were interested

Various clubs from Serie A and the Premier League had registered an interest in the player, including Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, given his versatility and impressive work ethic.

The player is confident, however, that a deal will be reached to extend his stay at FC Barcelona. This season looks set to be a special one for him due to his return to the central midfield position; a role in which he first reached the elite of European football. His goal against Real Sociedad is a positive sign of things to come.

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