THE CAPTAIN WAITS FOR BARÇA
Busquets would continue without having received a formal offer from Barça
Published:8/02/2023 - 00:44h
Updated:8/02/2023 - 00:44h
Sergio Busquets continues without defining his future for the summer. After filtering the offer with which Al Nassr intends to take him to Arabia, the captain of FC Barcelona is still waiting for an offer from the club to renew
FC Barcelona has not yet submitted an offer to Sergio Busquets to renew his contract, which expires on June 30. At least this is evidenced by the silence of the board and the player regarding his future, which could take an unexpected turn due to the super offer with which the Saudi Al Nassr intends to take him to Arabia to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, a brand new signing winter of the group directed by Rudi García.
Although Xavi Hernández has insisted on the importance of 'Busi' for his scheme, the truth is that the board headed by Joan Laporta currently has other priorities. One of them is the renewal of Alejandro Balde, which would be coming soon. This yes, it would be necessary to hope to the summer to formalize his new agreement, to the equal that happens with Gavi and Ronald Araújo by questions of the 'fair play' financial.
In this sense, the club would wait until the end of 2022/23 to talk with the captain, once he himself defines what is best for his future. In principle, the '5' has revealed his desire for a change of scenery in the summer, perhaps leaving for a club in the American Major League Soccer (MLS). Of course, the 18 million euros a year that Al Nassr offers him can change his plans, but Sergio will not make any decision without first talking to Barça.
For Busquets, the priority, beyond the economic, goes through his ability to perform at the highest European level. In the Champions League, the captain was beaten in the duels against Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. His performance in Qatar with Spain was not 'top' either, so at 34 years old, logically, he is beginning to show significant wear and tear in the big events. Even so, Xavi continues to consider him the undisputed starter, which is why he has already accumulated 1,973 minutes in 27 games this season.
Busquets' injury could define many things
Sidelined for at least two weeks due to a sprain in the external lateral ligament of his left ankle, Sergio could take advantage of his days off from training to think more clearly about what to do next in the summer. However, the captain will be prudent when making announcements and, with the decisive stage of 2022/23 about to begin, it will be difficult for him to communicate any decision in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the expectation remains for a rapprochement with the board. "The important thing is his plan and his project for the future. He and Xavi are going to make the decision when it is appropriate and we will be delighted to support him," Mateu Alemany told 'DAZN' about the renewal of 'Busi'. For now, the board's position is clear. The player has the last word.