Today’s newspaper covers are all about Barcelona trying to secure themselves for the future with Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s renewal standing out as the absolute priority for the Catalan club. But the future just might also be in La Masia as well.
Mundo Deportivo have gone with the German goalkeeper for their cover, saying ‘Priority renewal‘, which is quite self-explanatory. The key idea is to ensure their no.1 goalie stays at the club for many more years.
They have reportedly contacted the player’s entourage, who are ready to negotiate the new contract, and both parties seem to be optimistic regarding the deal being struck sooner rather than later.
Sport, on the other hand, are dealing with the whole squad rebuild rather than focusing on one man only like their counterparts. Their cover states ‘Operation renew‘ and has Barcelona’s young talismans gracing the photo.
And while yes, Ter Stegen’s renewal is the absolute priority, Barcelona also want to rebuild the whole squad and are willing to bet on the La Masia gems to carry them into the future.
Of course, there are also potential exciting new signings that could arrive at the club in the near future who seem good enough to start the whole renewal process. The board has seemingly come to its senses and understands the core of the squad is getting far too old.
It’s time to think about the future. Better late than never, huh?
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
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.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
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.