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Barcelona Hoping To Open Contract Talks With This Spanish Midfielder: Good Move For Both Parties?

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In a recent tweet, Marta Ramon Gorina on RAC1 revealed that Barcelona are hoping to open contract talks with Sergi Roberto this weekend. It has been stated that the Catalan giants are looking to extend the Spanish midfielder’s contract so that they can keep hold of him beyond this summer.

Roberto’s Diminishing Role At The Nou Camp

The 30-year-old has played a sporadic role for Barca during this campaign as he has struggled to earn regular game time in Spanish football after missing a lot of key games because of multiple injuries. The Spaniard has scored two goals and provided one assist in 12 matches for the Catalan giants this season across all fronts.

The Reus-born talent has seen most of his appearances come off the bench which explains why he is only averaging 0.6 tackles, 0.4 interceptions, 0.7 clearances, 0.4 shots, 0.4 key passes and 0.3 dribbles per game in La Liga. However, Roberto has been accurate with his ball distribution after completing 92% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 14: Sergi Roberto of Barcelona holds off Dayot Upamecano of Bayern Munich during the UEFA Champions League group E match between FC Barcelona and Bayern Muenchen at Camp Nou on September 14, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Barcelona Open To Extending Roberto’s Contract: Good Move For Both Parties?

Roberto is a solid tackler of the ball and can read the danger quickly to secure the ball back at the centre of the park. He is a tidy passer of the ball as well and knows what it takes to play in Barca’s style of play at the Nou Camp.

However, the Spanish talent has only served as a decent squad player at the Catalan club this season. He has been quite injury-prone of late, so Xavi will be taking a risk if he decides to offer him a new deal.

Still, Roberto has got a wealth of experience under his belt and can still play an important role for Barca in the coming seasons if he can overcome his recent injury problems.

His contract is set to run out in the summer, so it makes sense for Xavi to give him a fresh contract so that the player has a good resale for the future. With all things considered, Roberto’s contract extension will be a good move for both the player and the Catalan club as they look to collectively bring some success back to the Nou Camp over the next few seasons.

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