Sergi Roberto happy to sign new deal despite ´being paid like a Barca B player´

    Sergi Roberto is ready to sign another new contract with Barcelona, ​​despite the fact that his current salary corresponds to that of a player who came from the reserves.

    Spain international Sergi Roberto agreed a one-year extension in June to stay at the Camp Nou for the 2022-23 season following his previous contract.

    The 30-year-old, who is in his 13th season as a member of Barça’s first team, has again been linked with a departure as he enters the final six months of his latest contract.

    While his salary has been hit hard by the Catalan giant’s dire financial situation, Sergi Roberto is happy to stay at the club for at least one more season.

    “Now I get paid like I came from Barça 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 like playing because I wasn’t in good physical shape. I wanted to get back in shape physically and have fun again.

    “We didn’t start talking [about a new contract] for now, but my idea is to stay. From what the coaching staff told me, they are very happy with me and want me to stay.

    “I would be very happy to continue playing, to enjoy playing in the Barça shirt.

    Sergi Roberto is one of five Barcelona players set to become free agents in July, along with Hector Bellerin, Marcos Alonso, Sergio Busquets and Memphis Depay.

    However, according to reports from Spain on Wednesday, the multi-year-old Busquets is ready to sign a 12-month extension before leaving in 2024.

    Sergi Roberto has started just six games in all competitions this season after dislocating his left shoulder in October when Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao 4-0.

    The academy product returned to full training in early December and is in contention for Barça’s clash with neighboring Espanyol on Saturday.

    Having played just 16 league games since the start of the 2020/21 season, Sergi Roberto is hopeful his latest comeback from injury could be a turning point.

    “I have had some difficult years with the injury problem, but I am convinced that 2023 will be completely different and that injuries will be forgotten,” he said.

    “I am 100 percent ready. You can always get better, but I am sure that in the second part of the season I will be better than ever.”

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