Gerard Pique Barcelona Spain Tactical Analysis

FC Barcelona have announced that they have managed to secure the signatures of four of their key players and have tied them each down to new contracts.

Gerard Piqué, Marc ter Stegen, Clément Lenglet and Frenkie de Jong have all signed new contracts to remain at the Nou Camp for an extended period of time.

In truth, these deals were never thought to have been in jeopardy at any moment in time, although they did appear to take several weeks to be concluded, which could always be a concern. Bettors do not need to have to suffer the same type of concerns when they are trying to find the best bookmakers to place bets with, as sites like www.online-betting.com/at can be a brilliant resource for them.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “FC Barcelona and the first team players Gerard Piqué, Marc ter Stegen, Clément Lenglet and Frenkie de Jong have reached an agreement for the extension of their respective contracts. These agreements have been reached following weeks of negotiations and include a temporary salary adjustment due to the current circumstances brought about the Covid-19 induced crisis.”

Both Lenglet and Ter Stegen have signed new contracts that will run until the summer of 2025, whereas Pique’s new contract will see him remain until the summer of 2024. De Jong has been handed the longest deal, though, as his will run until 2026, however this should not be a surprise as he has only recently joined the team and is still only 23-years-old.

As is a regulation within La Liga, each of the players have been handed updated minimum release clauses: €300m for Lenglet, €400m for De Jong and €500m for both Pique and Ter Stegen.

Indeed, the good news follows their opening UEFA Champions League match in which they managed to ease past Hungarian outfit, Ferencvaros. The Blaugrana recorded an impressive 5-1 victory, as Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Pedri and Ousmane Dembele all got on the scoresheet.

If there were any negatives on the night for Ronald Koeman’s side, it was that Piqué was handed a straight red card and that the visitors managed to score from the resulting penalty to ruin Neto’s chances of recording a clean sheet.

The victory comes off the back of a disappointing La Liga defeat to Getafe, which will have also been a welcomed outcome. Although they have only played four games so far, the Catalan giants find themselves hanging around mid-table with just seven points from those games so far.