Barcelona, the Spanish first division football club, announced Thursday, October 14, 2021, that it has reached an agreement with promising midfielder Pedri that will keep him at the club until 2026, and includes a release clause worth one billion euros ($1.16 billion).
Pedri, aged 18, became one of Barcelona’s best players less than a year after joining the club in 2020, coming from second-tier Las Palmas, for five million euros.
He made more 53 appearances in his first season than any other Barcelona player and helped the team win the King’s Cup.
Barcelona extends Pedri’s contract
Pedri then played a prominent role in Spain’s march before the Euro 2020 final, becoming the youngest player for his country to participate in the finals of a major tournament, and the European Union (UEFA) chose him among the best squad for the tournament team and the best young player.
He also helped Spain win silver at the Olympic Games.
Pedri will sign the new contract, Friday, with President Joan Laporta, before a press conference that brings them together.
On the other hand, Sergio Aguero will finally play his first match for Barcelona at home against Valencia in the Spanish first division next Sunday, and the Catalans will hope that the Argentine striker will lift his spirits after a poor start to the season.
Aguero joined Barcelona on a free transfer before the start of the season, after a title-rich career with Manchester City, during which he became the fourth top scorer in the Premier League in its history, scoring 260 times, becoming City’s all-time top scorer.
But the joy that swept Barcelona over Aguero’s arrival faded with the sudden departure of Lionel Messi in August.
Aguero did not play due to a calf injury, but he resumed training this week, and is expected to sit on the bench when Barcelona hosts Valencia; In an effort to make up for his 2-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid before the international break.
Aguero’s return comes at a very opportune time for Barcelona, who has won one victory in the last six matches in all competitions, and failed to score in four of them.
Aguero’s accuracy and magic touch in front of goal may help Ronald Koeman’s team, which has not created many chances this season.
Barcelona did not hit a ball on goal in their 3-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich and Benfica, respectively, and Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak tested only twice in the loss to the defending champions.
Barcelona expect Aguero to take advantage of any opportunity in order to help the team restore smooth and beautiful football rather than the direct playing style of the team this season.
Aguero has what he proves after the decline in his fitness during the past 12 months, during which he suffered two knee injuries and missed a long time, due to his infection with Covid-19.
The 33-year-old was expected to play in a team that includes Messi and compete for the title, but he will now play for a team that is ninth and bottom of their group in the Champions League.
Aguero said in a press statement: “Most players dream of wearing the Barcelona shirt, regardless of the club’s condition. I arrived at the club with the aim of playing alongside Messi and with the rest of the prominent team members. But I always want to help the team and score in every match, regardless of changes in the squad. Messi’s departure.