Barcelona star Sergi Roberto ‘to sign new contract’ amid boos at Bayern Munich loss
Barcelona star Sergi Roberto “to sign a new contract at the club this week” despite being “flooded with tears” after being booed by his own fans in the 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich
- Sergi Roberto was “flooded with tears” after being booed by supporters
- He was consoled in the dressing room by Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets
- The 29-year-old utility player’s contract will expire at the end of the season
- He and Barcelona are said to be close to reaching a new two-year deal
Sergi Roberto has reportedly signed a new contract with Barcelona despite being taunted off the pitch in their 3-0 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich.
The local utility player will be a free agent this summer unless he signs a new contract with the club he joined 15 years ago.
Roberto was reportedly left in ‘floods of tears’ after being the target of taunts and boos from many of Barcelona’s 40,000 supporters and was whistled when he was substituted in the second half.
Sergi Roberto set to sign new two-year contract to extend Barcelona stay
This comes despite being left in a ‘flood of tears’ after being taunted by his own supporters.
Marca now report that the 29-year-old will sign a new contract with the club this week, with a deal with club president Joan Laporta “already in place”.
His agent Jose Maria Orobitg has been in constant discussion with the club since Laporta was re-elected president earlier this year.
A deal has reportedly been delayed by the required pay cut which has been the key factor in all of Barcelona’s recent contract renewals due to the club’s financial woes.
Roberto was targeted by fans in their 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday
Roberto is expected to sign a two-year contract after initial talks suggested he would only have a one-year extension.
Barcelona also hope to tie the future of Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele, Pedri and Ronald Araujo.
Senior players Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique were among those reportedly comforting Roberto in the dressing room following Tuesday’s loss.
Barcelona fans were clearly outraged by what was going on in front of them as Bayern – who had hit them 8-2 the last time they had met – scrambled again, but Roberto was visibly pointed out from the finger, with boos every time he touched the bullet.
Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets should have consoled their Barcelona team-mate
Hostility towards Roberto, who is a longtime servant of the club and a graduate of their legendary La Masia academy, may have something to do with his contractual situation.
Roberto had a rough night, having been manhandled by Bayern wide men Alphonso Davies and Leroy Sane, but Barca vice-captain Pique jumped on his defense after the game.
“The whistles towards Sergi Roberto are hurtful,” he said. “I would like to remind people that he is a midfielder, not a winger. He made a sacrifice to adapt to this position on the pitch.
“People are free to express themselves but I don’t like whistles, they don’t help.”