The Barcelona star agrees to extend the contract until 2026 with a release clause of one billion euros
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Barcelona have reached an agreement with star midfielder Pedri on a new long-term contract, according to the Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Pedri will sign a five-year contract that will have a massive release clause of one billion euros.
Barcelona see Pedri as one of their most important players in the future, so the Catalan giants have inserted a release clause that no world football club can realistically activate.
Barcelona signed Pedri from La Liga team Las Palmas for an initial fee of € 5 million with various add-ons.
The 18-year-old midfielder is considered one of Spain’s best young talents. Despite his tender age, Pedri played an important role in his first season with Barcelona, playing 52 games in all competitions and scoring four goals along the way.
Pedri was named to Spain’s team for Euro 2020, where he lost in the semi-finals to eventual champion Italy. After the European Championship, the 18-year-old midfielder was also part of the Spanish Olympic team that won the silver medal in Tokyo.
Barcelona builds its team around talented young people
Barcelona are in a rebuilding phase after financial problems caused players like Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi to leave the club in the summer transfer window. Messi joined PSG on a free transfer, while Griezmann returned to Atlético de Madrid on an initial loan agreement with an obligation to buy.
However, the Catalan giants have talented youngsters around whom the squad can be built. Barcelona’s talented group of young people includes the likes of Pedri, Ansu Fati, Gavi, Ronald Araujo and Nico González.
But despite possessing some of the best young players in the world, Barcelona have struggled on the pitch. The Catalan giants are currently ninth in La Liga, five points behind leader Real Madrid with one game less.
Their form has been even worse in the Champions League, where they lost their first two games 3-0, to Bayern Munich and then to Benfica.
Due to his poor start to the new season, Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has received strong criticism. A section of Barcelona fans believe that the former Everton and Southampton manager is not the ideal person to lead Barcelona and their group of young stars in the future.
Koeman hopes to turn Barcelona’s fortunes around when they host Valencia and Real Madrid in their next two league games.
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