More controversy has just emerged at Barcelona as the club announced multiple contract renewals at the same time. All four of Gerard Piqué, Frenkie de Jong, Marc-André ter Stegen and Clément Lenglet have just received new deals, ensuring their stay in Catalonia.
However, with Barcelona still in financial difficulties, the battle for the salary cuts still rages on. And according to a new report from Cuatro, there is a disagreement among the dressing-room heavy-weights over the best course of action.
Just as a reminder, Josep Maria Bartomeu wants the players to take another 30% reduction to ease the wage bill a bit. But since they’ve already gone through one cut, the majority of the players are refusing to cooperate.
The same source says Lionel Messi is leading the rebellion and has even hired a lawyer that will communicate the players’ wishes via a burofax. The whole squad with the exception of Ter Stegen, De Jong and Lenglet have apparently agreed to this, including Piqué himself.
But that’s indeed what’s now caused the reported rift. Despite agreeing to sign the burofax, Piqué has still accepted a contract renewal with the club. Now, it seems, the defender is siding with Bartomeu when it comes to salary cuts.
Needless to say, this is both a surprise and a disappointing turn of events for the rest of the team.
Official: Barcelona starting XI vs Dynamo Kyiv — Carles Aleña starts
Ronald Koeman surprised everyone with his travelling squad that would take on Dynamo Kyiv on matchday four of the Champions League, leaving Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong out of the equation. Following that, several changes have been made to the starting XI, the biggest one being Carles Aleña’s inclusion, who partners Miralem Pjanic in the double pivot.
Sergino Dest takes over the right-back spot following the injury to Sergi Roberto and has been replaced by Junior Firpo. Another huge takeaway is Oscar Mingueza, who starts alongside Clement Lenglet in the heart of the defece. This back-four will guard Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who takes care of the net in goal.
The front-four is very different as well, with Martin Braithwaite getting his first start of the season. He will lead the line, playing off of Philippe Coutinho as the no. 10. Pedri starts yet another game, playing on the left, while Ousmane Dembele is benched for Fransisco Trincao.
Confirmed Barcelona Lineup: Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Firpo; Pjanic, Alena; Trincao, Coutinho, Pedri; Braithwaite
Riqui Puig does not make the cut for this game, yet again, despite the squad having no more than four central midfielders, one of which was Matheus Fernandes. That said, we might see the fan-favourite youngster come off the bench.
Source: FC Barceona