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Papers: Barcelona already working on a contract extension for Pedri

Aaryan Parasnis

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According to today’s edition of SPORT, Barcelona have already begun working towards a new deal for their young starlet Pedri Gonzalez. The midfielder has been a revelation since arriving from Las Palmas back in the summer of 2020 and the club is delighted with his services.

In Ronald Koeman’s new look Barcelona side, driven by a generation of massively talented young players, Pedri has undoubtedly been the biggest standout. He has been a fabulous addition to the midfield, providing a breath of fresh air and creativity.

Pedri has been a lifelong Barcelona fan and stated that his move to the club from Las Palmas was a dream come true. Since then, the teenager has instantly earned Koeman’s trust, becoming a fundamental part of the starting XI.

The Canarian has since made 43 appearances for Barcelona across all competitions, scoring three goals and providing six assists during that time. And he only seems to be growing in class and confidence with each passing day.

Barcelona, according to today’s report, now believe that the youngster already deserves a new deal, which would be a more fair reflection of his stellar performances. His current deal with the Catalans expires on the 30th of June in 2022, but there is an optional clause to extend it by a further two years.

Pedri arrived from Las Palmas at a reported cost of just five million euros, which has since been debunked as there were plenty of variables in the deal, which would end up netting his former side upwards of 25-30 million euros. Even so, given his contributions, 30 million is almost a bargain.

His current deal reportedly earns him about 34,000 euros a week, but now it looks like that number, alongside his already hefty 400 million euro release clause, will see a significant rise. Barcelona will also look to tie him down to a much lengthier deal.

It was the great César Luis Menotti who once said that "to be a footballer means being a privileged interpreter of the feelings and dreams of many, many people". This quote has stuck with me since my childhood when football first caught my attention. My interest in football developed from a hobby to an emotion embedded into every fibre of my being. Football and Barça became my life. I spend every waking moment thinking about football and my sentimentality towards FC Barcelona is a catalyst. The world's most popular sport is a universal language that unites everyone who loves it and, to me, writing about football is being able to transmit that language in my own way.

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Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’

Udhav Arora

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Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.

Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”

PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.

Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.

PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.

A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.

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