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Barcelona have not secured the renewal of 22-year-old defender yet



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It has been a pleasant week for Barcelona supporters. The Catalans first confirmed the contract extension of Pedri last Thursday, which was then followed by a statement 3-1 win over Valencia in La Liga.

Barca then registered their first UEFA Champions League win of the season on Wednesday, beating Dynamo Kyiv 1-0, in the aftermath of which they also confirmed the contract extension of yet another teenage sensation in Ansu Fati.

With two of their key players tied down to long-term contracts, the focus will now shift to securing the futures of other important players, one of whom is Ronald Araujo.

The 22-year-old has been with Barcelona since 2018, when he joined from Uruguayan outfit Boston River. Having been groomed with the Catalans’ B team for the first couple of years, Araujo became a full-fledged first-team member since the last season, even though he made his senior debut in 2019.

To date, the Uruguayan centre-back has made 48 appearances for Barca, scoring three goals in the process. While he has been in and around the first-team for a while now, Araujo has been particularly impressive in the ongoing campaign.

Indeed, the 22-year-old defender, prior to his injury, had been one of Blaugrana’s best players in the 2021/22 campaign. So, it is only natural that the club wants to secure his long-term future at Camp Nou. As things stand, Araujo’s current contract expires in the summer of 2023.

And while there have been talks of a new contract being agreed, Matteo Moretto has provided an update on the situation. The journalist has claimed that Barcelona are keen on handing Araujo a new contract, but at the moment, a renewal is not imminent.

He further adds that the Catalan giants are yet to sit down and negotiate with the South American over a new contract, thus dismissing talks of an extension being imminent. Considering his performances so far this term, Araujo is deserving of a new deal and Barca would do well to tie him down to a new deal at the earliest.