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Barcelona veteran lays down contract ultimatum to the board

The Blaugrana star has demanded a new contract which hikes his pay, as he’s threatened to leave the club if otherwise

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is apparently unhappy with his current deal and has asked club president Josep Maria Bartomeu for a new contract with a pay rise, as he’s otherwise ready to leave for better offers. The 29-year old signed a contract extension in September 2016 that ties him to the club until 2021 with an option to prolong it for another two years. It also elevated the star among the group of highest earners, behind only Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta.

He currently takes home €14 million-a-year and after Barcelona’s incredible domestic double this season, is set to pocket another €2.6 million bonus. But Busquets has grown disgruntled with the current pay cheque as he feels he deserves more recognition for his contributions for both club and country.

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo had earlier reported about Busquets demanding a raise on his own accord, but to no avail as it left the club disappointed. He is said to have approached the Barcelona board again later, but was turned down in favour of securing Samuel Umtiti’s future with the club.

But Busquets now appears to be at the end of his tether and has threatened to listen to offers from elsewhere if the the club fails to listen to his demands. Barcelona, on the other hand, are apparently looking to keep up with UEFA’s policies and aren’t ready to risk another sanction, leaving the door ajar for a shock move from Busquets.

French champions Paris St.Germain are one of his admirers, and may launch a bid if things don’t progress between him and Barcelona. But the player also has a release clause of €200 million, a sum the Parisiens would think twice before splashing.

Author’s Take

Sergio Busquets is an integral part of Barcelona for the last decade and his contributions are often overlooked. He is, in fact, the very heartbeat of the team as he’s the functioning cog in the wheel and everything flows through him. Without Busquets in the side, the Blaugrana have struggled on numerous occasions. Letting such a player leave would be shooting oneself in the foot.

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