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Barcelona right-back agrees to sign a one-year extension with lower salary

In a major development, Sergi Roberto has agreed to accept the one-year contract extension offered by Barcelona, reports SPORT.

The 30-year-old La Masia graduate has just a couple of months left on his current deal with the club.

Talks over an extension had been paused over the last three months but Barça met with the Spaniard’s representatives last week to restart discussions over an extension.

The Catalan giants were reported to have offered a one-year contract to Roberto, contrary to previous claims that a two-year deal would be proposed. Furthermore, the new offer tabled was on much lower wages than his current deal keeping with the club’s financial situation.

There had been concerns that the Spanish international would not sign a renewal as he had better offers from elsewhere.

However, as per the latest update, the versatile right-back has decided to accept the proposal tabled by Barcelona. Roberto gave the green light to the offer as he always intended to continue at Camp Nou and valued the sporting aspects more than the financial ones.

Manager Xavi Hernandez has been pushing for his extension due to the versatility and the tactical flexibility he offers. It is likely to have played a key role in the La Masia graduate’s decision.

Roberto has spent the majority of the season due to injuries. He underwent surgery in December and returned to team training earlier this month.

With Sergino Dest potentially ruled out for the rest of the campaign, Roberto could get some game-time between now and the end of the season, starting with the next game against RCD Mallorca.

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