Barcelona star Sergi Roberto had confirmed that there were other clubs interested in his services but is extremely pleased to extend his contract with the Catalonian club.
The 26-year-old midfielder, who is mostly used as a right-back for Barcelona, put pen to paper last evening as he extended his deal with the La Liga table-toppers till 2022. However, Roberto also stated that it is the club of his dreams and would want to go on to become a club legend.
Premier League side’s Manchester United and Manchester City were the two clubs that were keen on luring Roberto to England, but the duo stood no chance as the Catalan-born player has his heart set on playing at the Camp Nou for the rest of his life.
“Hope it’s Not My Last Contract Here”- Roberto
The Spanish and Catalonian international expressed his love for Barcelona on the clubs website saying, “Since renewal talks began I always wanted to be here. It’s the club of my life and I’ve been a fan since I was small,”
Roberto hinted at the two Manchester clubs’ interest in him, with City being favorites as a reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola was on the cards. But he was extremely happy after being offered a new deal by his current club, “It’s true that other clubs were interested, but I wanted to be here and I’m happy to have renewed until 2022. If I can continue even longer, then it would be much better.”
Sergi also heaped praise and admiration to a few of the player he shares the pitch with and went on to add, “I hope it’s not the last contract I sign. My desire is to retire here and hopefully, I can follow in the footsteps of Andres Iniesta and Leo Messi.
Roberto has made 34 appearances for Barcelona this term and his buyout clause would now be close to €500 million after committing his future with the Spanish leaders, they are also on track to a promising season with the La Liga, Champions League and Copa Del Rey for the taking.
Most of these Catalonian born footballers are extremely passionate and stubborn about playing for their state. Roberto seems to be another following the footsteps of Iniesta, Pique, and Xavi along with a few others. Highly unlikely he will ever leave the Nou Camp unless Barcelona wants him to leave the club in the future.