It took him more than a year to finally do it but Marc-André ter Stegen will seemingly extend his contract with Barcelona until 2025. The latest reports state it’s only a matter of days…
The weirdest thing is, both the club and the player want the extension but it hasn’t been easy. The project itself in Catalonia is shaky and then there is the financial situation. We know that Barcelona are deep in the red and renewing big contracts was always going to be hard.
But for the German goalkeeper, his goal was always the same – stay and prosper at the Camp Nou. Now, if the newest updates are to be believed, Ter Stegen will extend his contract sooner rather than later. The deal itself should be valid until 2025, reports state.
The official confirmation is just around the corner and this could indeed feel like a new signing altogether. And a massive one at that. The 28-year-old has been in Catalonia for around six years now and is becoming something of a captain himself.
Of course, not officially, but with everything he’s doing on and off the pitch, it’s like he’s wearing the armband nonetheless. Barcelona think that he can stand between the sticks for many years to come and because of that, getting him a new deal was the priority.
Let’ wait and see what happens but this one is a given and that’s a wonderful thing.
Source: Mundo Deportivo
Barcelona call up midfielder Matheus Fernandes for the first time
Barcelona confirmed the signing of Matheus Fernandes from Palmeiras for a fee of €7 million + €3 million in variables on the last day of the January transfer window on a four-year contract, with the release clause set at €300 million. The midfielder would join the Barcelona camp after the end of the 2019/20 season.
This transfer was regarded as a sketchy transfer as he was not touted as good enough for a club of the stature of Barcelona. In fact, the Brazilian was barely able to make it off the bench for Real Valladolid during his time with the club on six-month loan stretching from January to July this year.
During those six month, Matheus made only three appearances, registering a total of 166 minutes with starts against Atletico Madrid and Eibar, and a one-minute cameo against Real Betis. He also suffered a hamstring injury during this tenure, ruling him out for four games.
After his arrival to the Catalan capital, Matheus was not even presented as a Barcelona player unlike the signings of Pedri, Fransisco Trincão, Miralem Pjanic, and Sergino Dest. In fact, Matheus did not even participate in the pre-season friendlies as he was ruled out from a hamstring injury.
News surrounded his departure as early as January, without him even getting a chance to play for the club. However, against all odds, Matheus has been included in the squad that will take on Dynamo Kyiv in gameweek four of the UEFA Champions League. This, in all probability, stems from the exclusion of Sergio Busquets – who is injured, and Frenkie de Jong – who has been rested.
Ronald Koeman has named just four central midfielders for the trip to Ukraine, with Miralem Pjanic guaranteed a spot. However, with the lack of any natural defensive midfielders, Koeman might have to readjust his tactics, and field one of Riqui Puig and Carles Aleña in the centre of the pitch as part of the midfield.