Sergi Roberto Reveals He Is Currently Earning Wages Reserved For Someone Who “just came from the B team.” Sergi Roberto is prepared to agree to a second contract extension with Barcelona despite learning that his current pay is comparable to that of a player who has been promoted from the reserve team.
After his previous contract expired in June, Spain international Sergi Roberto reached an agreement on a one-year extension to remain at Camp Nou for the 2022–23 season.
The 30-year-old, who is in his 13th season with Barca’s senior team, has once more been linked with a transfer abroad as he approaches the end of his most recent contract.
Sergi Roberto is content to remain at the club for at least another season, despite the fact that his wage has been reduced as a result of the Catalan giants’ dire financial position.
“Right now I’m getting paid as if I had moved up from Barca B, but I do it with pride because I want to be here. For me the economic issue is not important”, he told RAC1.
“The last few years I didn’t enjoy playing because I wasn’t physically fit. I wanted to get back in shape physically and enjoy myself again.
“We haven’t started talking [about a new contract] yet, but my idea is to stay. From what the coaching staff have told me, they are very happy with me and want me to stay.
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“I would be very excited to be able to continue, to be able to enjoy myself on the pitch with the Barca shirt.”
Sergi Roberto, Hector Bellerin, Marcos Alonso, Sergio Busquets, and Memphis Depay are the other four Barca players whose contracts expire in July. However, according to sources out of Spain on Wednesday, Busquets, who has been with the team for a long time, is willing to sign a 12-month contract before leaving in 2024.
After dislocating his left shoulder during Barcelona’s 4-0 thumping of Athletic Bilbao in October, Sergi Roberto has only started six games across all competitions this season.
The academy product resumed regular training at the beginning of December and is a candidate to play in Saturday’s match between Barcelona and its neighbours Espanyol.
Sergi Roberto hopes his most recent comeback from injury could be a turning point after only making 16 league starts since the 2020–21 season began.
“I spent some difficult years with the issue of injuries, but I am convinced that 2023 will be a totally different year and that injuries will be forgotten,” he said.
“I am 100% ready. You can always improve, but I am sure that in this second stretch of the season I will be better than ever.”