Uruguayan centre-back Ronald Araujo has enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence in the Barcelona squad. In this new youth-driven era for the club, the towering defender has shown why the club showed so much faith in him.
His imperious presence in the backline is always felt thanks to his infallible ability to defend in 1-v-1 situations, his astute positional awareness and his tremendous aerial prowess. Not to mention, he also chips in with a crucial goal every now and then.
Needless to say, all this has led to him becoming a fan favourite, and a pillar in Xavi Hernandez’s Barcelona project — figuratively and literally. And thus, renewing his contract is absolutely vital.
Talks over a new deal for the 23-year-old have been long withstanding. There was also trouble in paradise as Barcelona’s initial proposal was not well received. However, there now seems to be a breakthrough, with the club posting a video on social media that hints at him staying.
It shows him talking about his journey to Barcelona and how he is continuing to progress from there. In the video, he says that it is a privilege to be at this great institution.
Today, there was a meeting between the club and the player’s entourage, which seems to have gone very well.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has also since confirmed that Araujo will be staying with the club, as he always wanted and the pen will be put to paper very soon.
It looks as though the Uruguayan’s story with Barcelona is set to continue until 2026. A massive boost for the player and the team as they have seemingly kept hold of one of the best centre-backs in Europe this season, with the potential to grow a lot more.