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Araujo talks Barcelona debut, Xavi, Busquets, goal vs Madrid following contract extension

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Barcelona have sorted out one of their biggest headaches before heading into the summer break by extending Ronald Araujo’s contract until 2026. The Uruguayan has been a revelation for the club, displaying superb levels of defensive prowess.

Before the chaos, though, there was a chance that the defender would not renew his contract. However, following Mateu Alemany’s contact with Antonio Rudiger’s agents, the process seemed to fast-track itself.

After the official announcement three days ago, Araujo made it to the Camp Nou for the official ceremony of the signatures. Speaking during the presentation, he said:

“I am very happy to be in the best team in the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to be here. I thank my family, my parents, my wife. They have gone through so much for me.”

“You can count on me during any situation, I want to add to the team,” he continued.

Araujo was evidently emotional and shed a tear while speaking. He made sure that he had no doubts about his continuity at Barça, even though the rumours said otherwise.

“I have never had any doubts that I want to stay at Barcelona.”

He continued to talk about some special moments with the club, specifically pointing out the goal vs Real Madrid he scored earlier this season during the 0-4 win.

“My goal vs Real Madrid will remain special to me. Winning that match was also important. Playing in an El Clasico in La Liga is special.”

Araujo made sure to name-check two important members of Barcelona – the coach Xavi, and captain Sergio Busquets while speaking. He said:

“Xavi is an important person to me, he always talks about a number of things. Likewise, with captain Busquets, I am happy with my colleagues and the technical staff.”

“I have a good time with Dani Alves, he’s a wonderful personal and it’s nice to have him with us,” he added.

There were some doubts over Araujo’s ball-playing abilities and whether he would be able to mould into Barcelona’s style. He has, however, gone from strength to strength, and improved his passing, but it was not easy, as he admitted.

“Playing for Barcelona is not easy. I have learnt a lot in terms of playing style, positioning, receiving the ball, and passing.”

While he is a fan-favourite now, Araujo’s debut certainly put some doubts into the minds of the Camp Nou faithful.

The Uruguayan had come on to replace the injured Jean-Clair Todibo in the 78th minute vs Sevilla, and in less than ten minutes, was sent off for a last-man tackle.

“Playing my first match with Barcelona will always be a great memory, even with the red card I received. I would not let that spoil my joy,” he said speaking about the game.

Araujo acknowledged the turbulent seasons Barcelona have endured recently but was confident about what was to come.

“Last season was difficult for us, but I was happy to get my chance to play in the first team. It is an opportunity to learn more and move forward that’s helped me a lot this season.”

“I am sure next season will be a beautiful one for us.”

Source: BarçaTV+

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