According to an exclusive report from Sport, the Barcelona players will send the board a letter expressing their concerns about new salary cuts. The same newspaper also revealed some of the content that will appear in the letter.
The players believe that it is utopic that the board only invites a single player to negotiate for the entire team, and will express their surprise and worry about the process. The dressing room believes that there has been a lack of information in the entire pay-cut operation.
The board informed the players via e-mail that a negotiation table regarding salary cuts would be formed in just 15 days, while most of the players were on international duty.
📰 — The Barça first team and B team players have refused to accept the board’s proposed salary cut. [rac1] pic.twitter.com/vm8aXuV2F7— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) October 16, 2020
The squad will remind the club that they were the first one to agree for salary reductions at the start of the pandemic, and they even put money out of their own pocket so that other club employees won’t face problems.
The current request from the board, however, seems absurd to them, because firstly, the board tried to hold a negotiation without involving the players — which will be stated in the letter as well. Secondly, the board has been spending money on several investments; thus a salary cut does not seem to make any sense.
The players are expected to send the letter in the next few days. We will have to wait and see how things will develop between the dressing room and Bartomeu. Still, it seems that the tension will remain quite high, especially considering the overall pressure on the President surrounding the ‘Vote of no Confidence’ and a cloud of uncertainty.
Barcelona wants to improve contract of ‘the new Iniesta’
RAC1 have confirmed that Barcelona are indeed working on offering Pedri Gonzalez a new and improved contract. The youngster has been an absolute revelation for the club, and in turn, they now want to reward his services further and ensure his continuity via a long-term deal.
Earlier reports in the Spanish newspapers also stated that Barcelona have already begun working on a contract extension for Pedri. Since his move from Las Palmas, the midfielder has established himself as a key cog in Ronald Koeman’s new-look Barcelona machine driven by youth.
Pedri’s current Barcelona contract expires in June 2022, but has a clause that would allow a two-year extension. The club are keen on improving the economic terms of his deal, which reportedly earns him 34,000 euros per week at the moment, and ensuring that he stays in Barcelona for years to come.
Barcelona also want to fend off interest from other clubs who have begun to take notice of the teenager’s incredible rise to prominence. The 18-year old has already been contacted by major clubs like Liverpool according to previous reports.
Since his arrival, Barcelona want to offer Pedri a deal that fairly reflects his invaluable contributions to the team. He has been instrumental in freshening up the Blaugrana midfield with his tremendous technical ability on the ball, range of passing, and work rate out of possession. His talents have thus drawn comparisons to the legendary Andres Iniesta.
As for the player himself, he has already stated on multiple occasions that he wants to succeed at Barcelona. Pedri aims to stay at the club for many years and win major titles.