In a period of five months or so, Barcelona wonderkid Lamine Yamal has grown into one of the most talked about footballers across the globe.
The teenage forward made his first-team debut for the Blaugrana in April earlier this year, at the age of 15, and has since continued on an upward trend, now becoming a regular starter for Xavi Hernandez this season.
Not only that, Yamal has recently broken into the Spanish national team as well, even scoring on his debut against Georgia, toppling several records along the way.
Long-term renewal plan in place
Yamal turned 16 in July earlier this year at which point he became eligible to sign his first professional contract with the club.
Despite overtures from other clubs, including Manchester City, the teenage sensation is committed to continuing at Barcelona.
And an agreement to extend his contract by three years until 2026 is already in place.
But now, Mundo Deportivo is reporting that Barcelona and Jorge Mendes have a plan in the works to secure Yamal’s future at the club for the next seven years, until 2030.
The plan for such a long-term contract extension will involve two phases. The first phase will see Yamal sign a new three-year deal until 2026 as rules do not allow minors to pen a longer contract.
Then on, once the La Masia wonderkid turns 18 in the summer of 2025, Barcelona and Mendes will pull the trigger on a five-year contract extension until 2030, so as to ensure his long-term continuity at the club.
New deal signing imminent
As mentioned earlier, Yamal already has agreed to a three-year renewal until 2026 and Barcelona are expected to make an announcement soon.
With Deco set to be presented as the new sporting director this coming week, Yamal and Alejandro Balde’s contract renewals could follow soon after that.