Minutes after the victory in the Champions League debut of the season, Barcelona made the renewals of Gerard Piqué, Marc-André ter Stegen, Clément Lenglet, and Frenkie de Jong official. These agreements have been closed after weeks of negotiations and include a temporary salary adjustment (reduction) due to the financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gerard Piqué: 2024
Piqué agreed to extend his contract until June 30, 2024 with a release clause of 500 million euros. The player will defend the Blaugrana colors for several more seasons and is currently playing his thirteenth season with his beloved club.
Marc-André ter Stegen: 2025
Ter Stegen extended his contract until June 30, 2025. This renewal includes a release clause of 500 million euros. This means that if all goes well, the German goalkeeper will complete 10 years at the Catalan club.
Clément Lenglet: 2026
Barcelona and Lenglet agreed to renew the Frenchman’s contract until 2026 with a release clause of 300 million euros. This was one of the crucial deals for the club, as Lenglet is currently the only candidate to start as a left centre-back.
Frenkie de Jong: 2026
De Jong signed his new contract until June 30, 2026. This contract includes a release clause of 400 million euros. Frenkie arrived in Catalonia in the summer of 2019 with a contract until 2025, thus the Dutchman has basically extended his contract for another year.
Let’s remember that these were the four players who accepted the pay cut suggested by Bartomeu’s board. All of them will go through the pay cut this season, and their salary will increase over the coming years.
Source: FC Barcelona
Barça midfielder Aleña speaks following his first start in nearly a year
Carles Aleña started his first game for Barça in nearly a year. His last start for his boyhood club came in December 2019 against Inter Milan, and Ronald Koeman selected him against Dynamo Kyiv after injuries decimated his squad. After his impressive display, Aleña spoke to the media.
“I’m very happy to return to the field. We played a great game and we took advantage of our chances.”Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference
Aleña ended his ordeal with a near-Man of the Match performance away to the Ukrainians. The Spanish youngster was his team’s metronome and misplaced one solitary pass. His pass map is a joy to behold and the midfielder deserves a lot of recognition for that display.
📸 — Aleñá’s pass map against Kyiv tonight.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 24, 2020
Not a back-passer at all. pic.twitter.com/Ah5QrsgW3N
At the beginning of the year, Ronald Koeman did not fancy Aleña at all. He and Riqui Puig were ostracised, but the two of them showed a lot of resilience against Kyiv. Hopefully, their coach opens his eyes.
“Playing with the first team requires a lot of hard work.”Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference
We will have to wait and see whether Koeman is on the same page with the fans regarding Aleña’s performance. One thing is clear: the 22-year-old can play a crucial role in the team if used correctly.