Barcelona’s year of hell was finally marked with good news as young superstar Pedri signed a new long-term contract with a massive € 1 billion release clause.
The 18-year-old burst onto the scene for both Barcelona and Spain last season, becoming a full-fledged figure for the club and the country with world-class midfield performances.
The youngster has played 74 games in total and has played 53 times for Barcelona, the most players.
There were concerns that Barca might not be able to hang on to their new star with a crippling financial situation and other teams, but he has now committed his long-term future for the club.
Pedri’s five-year deal sees him join Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema on such a huge contract condition.
Transfer expert Fabrice Romano claim Barca will now look to tie more of their future assets, with deals for Ansu Fati and Gavi also on the way.
Elsewhere in Catalonia, there was more good news with the summer signing of Sergio Aguero finally returning to training.
The former Manchester City star suffered a calf injury during training, which has kept him from playing since the summer.
But Aguero is in line to make his debut after playing and scoring in a friendly behind closed doors during the week.
Ahead of their home clash against Valencia, Barcelona sit ninth in La Liga after a poor start to the season under Ronald Koeman.
Much-maligned former president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been replaced by Joan Laporta who previously guided the club through its golden years under Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique.
However, after his appointment, Laporta quickly revealed that the club were burdened with a tantalizing debt of € 1.35 billion.
Barcelona are now unusually uncompetitive on the pitch and in the transfer market, with deals for Pedri as a huge boost as the club prepare for a brighter future.
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