Uruguayan center-back says “very happy” in Catalonia after impressive decisive campaign under Ronald Koeman
Ronald Araujo has expressed his desire to extend his stay in Barcelona, admitting that he hopes to stay at Camp Nou for “many years”.
Araujo signed for Barca from Uruguayan team Boston River for just € 2million in 2018, and made his senior debut a year later in a 4-0 La Liga win over Sevilla.
The 22-year-old made a definitive move to first-team level after Ronald Koeman was appointed head coach last summer and has had an impressive 2020-21 campaign, but he is now approaching the final two years. of his contract.
What was said?
Araujo says he is ready to commit his long-term future with the Blaugrana, but claims to be in the dark when it comes to negotiations on a new contract.
“I am very happy to be at Barcelona, I hope to be here for many years to come and give my best every season,” Araujo said while on international duty with Uruguay.
“I don’t know much about renewal, my rep is taking care of it.
“I am calm, but I hope I can continue at the club.”
Araujo’s record at Barça
Araujo has racked up 39 appearances in all competitions for Barca to date, with 33 of those outings in their last season.
The talented young defender spent many minutes due to Gerard Pique’s absence due to injury, and also managed to score two goals while securing a Copa del Rey winner’s medal.
Araujo on Koeman and Ansu
Araujo then thanked Koeman for giving him the chance to show off his abilities at Camp Nou.
“With me there has always been a good coach-footballer relationship,” he said of the Dutch head coach. “Koeman made me play a lot and then I was able to show that I deserved to play.”
Aruajo also reserved special praise for his 18-year-old teammate Ansu Fati, who he hopes can realize his enormous potential with Barca as he matures and develops his full game.
“Ansu is a great player, a spectacular kid, he has already shown that he is a great player in every game he has played, he is a gem of the club and I hope they take good care of him “, he added.