English press sources revealed the latest developments regarding the future of the Catalan team’s center of defense and its next future destination.
Reports had indicated that Real Madrid had advised the 22-year-old Blaugrana defender to continue refusing to extend his contract with Barcelona in the hope of obtaining his services for free at the end of next season.
In this context, the Spanish “Sport” reported that the Barcelona administration, over the coming days, will summon the agents of the player Ronaldo Araujo, in order to negotiate the renewal of the Uruguayan defender’s contract, which includes improving his salary in the contract and amending the penalty clause.
The Uruguayan defender joined Barcelona in June 2018, and his contract with the Catalan team will expire in the summer of 2023, and the two parties have not yet reached an agreement to extend his contract inside the Camp Nou.
The newspaper confirmed that Araujo wants to stay in Barcelona, but at the same time he wants to receive appropriate appreciation in comparison with his performance and what he presented to Barca in the recent period.
The report said that the Barca management should reward the defender’s wonderful performance, and they appreciate his participation in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup last Wednesday against Real Madrid, just five days after he underwent surgery for two fractures in the two fingers of the right hand.
And the newspaper close to the Catalan club concluded that there is a state of optimism among the Barcelona administration for the continuity of Araujo, because they know the player’s appreciation for the club and because he is grateful for the opportunity given to him by Barcelona.