Supporters of Spanish giants FC Barcelona have flooded to social media on Friday, to respond to news of the latest contract renewal in Xavi Hernandez’s squad.
The player to have been rewarded with fresh terms? Sergi Roberto.
Versatile defender Roberto is fresh off an altogether disappointing campaign, which saw a series of fitness blows restrict his game-time to just nine La Liga appearances.
Ahead of Xavi’s impending ‘revolution’ at the Camp Nou, media speculation, for some time, had therefore pointed towards the 30-year-old being moved on this summer, upon the expiration of his current contract.
And yet, fresh off suggestions of a change in heart on the part of the respective parties, Roberto’s stint in the Catalan capital has been extended once more.
As per an official announcement across the club’s social media platforms on Friday:
‘FC Barcelona and the player Sergi Roberto have reached an agreement to extend his contract until 30 June 2023. The player’s buy out clause will be set at 400 million euros.’
Agreement for the renewal of @SergiRoberto10 until June 30, 2023
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 10, 2022
‘The worst news’
Safe to say, however, news of Roberto’s new deal has not exactly gone down too well with Barca’s fanbase.
Taking to the comments section of the club’s announcement in their droves, the Blaugrana faithful have made their feelings crystal clear that the decision regarding the Spanish international’s future represents a backwards step for the club:
Worst signing ever.
— Barcelona Türkiye (@BarcelonaTR) June 10, 2022
— Alexis Oropeza (@alexisoropeza69) June 10, 2022
Frenkie De Jong IN ✅️
Laporta is a murderer
— n i c o 🍭 (@nicolasgrc) June 10, 2022
i really don’t understand what we are doing… instead of going forward, we are taking more steps backwards, may God help has 😬
— josias (@kabamba_josias) June 10, 2022
these type agreements are the reason Barcelona did not reach a CL final for 07 yrs in a row.
— Zaman H. (@Shawonzaman87) June 10, 2022
— ريم 🇧🇭 (@barca_r08) June 10, 2022
USE ME AS A DISLIKE BUTTON 👎
— Z 🔋 (@BarcaMVP) June 10, 2022
OFFICIAL: Catalan Nepotism remains undefeated.
— Wazeer Ali 🇦🇷 (@Sarwan_Ali10) June 10, 2022
Just stop now ffs pic.twitter.com/BvRYPOlUf0
— BabluMunna 🇮🇳(Boards Szn😔) (@BabluMunna2) June 10, 2022
This is quite literally the worst news I could’ve possibly woken up to
— 🐐🇨🇦 (@OnFxre) June 10, 2022