After a season hampered by injuries and mired by disagreements over his contract, Sergi Roberto finally appears to have some good news.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan midfielder and Barcelona have reached a deal to extend his contract for another season. The deal will be announced this Wednesday after their final game on Sunday.
Reportedly Roberto’s desire to remain at the club has been decisive in the matter. Barcelona had offered terms at various points but were aware that he wasn’t a priority during financially trying times for the Blaugrana.
As a result, Roberto’s new contract will be at a significantly lower salary and one can presume below his market value.
Roberto has only featured 12 times for Barcelona this season after a hamstring problem kept him out for several months. That was in October, when he made his last appearance, but while making his way back from injury in April Roberto picked up another injury.
As with all of Barcelona’s veterans, Roberto has become a controversial figure amongst the fanbase. Some see him as a useful option unfairly treated, while other believe he is symbolic of the mediocrity at Barcelona.