Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has signed a new five-year contract with the Catalans, ending talks of a potential move away from the club.
Sergio Busquets will continue to play for his childhood club, after the Spaniard signed a new five-year contract with the Catalan side.
The 28-year-old’s new deal ends in 2021, but can be extended a further two years – meaning that Busquets will most likely retire with the Spanish side.
Busquets’ new contract is believed to have a €200 million release clause, according to The Mirror.
The midfielder was linked with a move to Manchester City this summer, to re-join his mentor and former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola. However, all talks of a potential transfer away from the Spain have ended after Busquets committed his future to the club.
A statement on the Official Barcelona FC website read:
“Sergio Busquets has signed a new contract with FC Barcelona that will see him stay at the club until 2021, with an option to further renew until 2023, depending on games played.
“Joined by Josep Maria Bartomeu, Sergio put pen to paper at the club’s office on Thursday morning. The current third captain of the team has racked up 390 appearances with the first team, with 12 goals, since debuting for Pep Guardiola in the 2008/09 season.”
Sergio Busquets joined Barcelona’s Youth academy in 2005 and made his senior debut for the first team in 2008. He has since featured regularly in the first team squad.
Initially, Busquets played as a defender, but Guardiola altered his playing position and placed him in the heart of Barcelona’s midfield. He was partnered with fellow countrymen Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.
The midfield trio became one of the most feared in Europe. Their creativity also inspired the Spanish National team to win two consecutive European Championships and a FIFA World Cup.