Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is reportedly interested in a contract renewal with the club, failure of which could see the Spaniard leave the Camp Nou.
After the announced departure of Barça legend Andres Iniesta this season, there might more drama yet to come. According to Spanish reports, midfielder Sergio Busquets has expressed interest in a pay raise in his contract and has told club officials that there are already a list of clubs who are willing to sign the Spaniard.
Busquets has been a crucial member for the Catalans ever since breaking into the first team. Barcelona compatriot Iniesta has warned the club and has also expressed his concerns regarding Busquets’ future at the Nou Camp. Speaking to RAC1, Iniesta said: “If [Busquets] doesn’t stay, it will be a huge mistake for what he means as a player. He has many years of football left and I believe that he is fundamental.
“I don’t know how things are personally, but it’s not good for the club to leave room for doubt.”
Busquets, alongside Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi, will be the only three players who will be left from the Pep Guardiola era. Since then the midfielder has established himself as one of the best in his position, cementing his role as the engine of a compact Barcelona team.
With two years left in the Spaniard’s contract, Busquets has previously mentioned that there are only two people who can convince the midfielder to leave the Blaugrana: his partner Elena Galera and current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. Guardiola has had a history with Busquets, having been the manager who gave the midfielder his debut in 2008.
Under Pep’s mentoring, Busquets has grown into a solid defensive midfielder and is among the best in the world. Manchester City will be most likely to be the front-runners for the midfielder’s signature if Busquets does decide to leave the club. However, Pep Guardiola may be put off by the 200 million euro buyout clause offered by the Catalans.
After Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets is probably the most crucial member of Valverde’s squad at the moment. With a combination of vision, passing and ball control, the Spaniard still has a lot left to contribute to the Catalans. Being a crucial member for the team, it is less likely that Barcelona will let him go easily.