Barcelona have Inigo Martinez, the 31-year-old Athletic defender, whose contract expires next summer on their wish list. Barcelona were already working on getting him back this summer when Chelsea went behind Jules Conde. finally Blogger She persuaded the French through Xavi, but did not lose Inigo Martinez from the radar. As you know the magazine Mundo DeportivoBarcelona and the defender’s agents already have a tentative agreement on Basque’s arrival at the Camp Nou as a free agent. There are still a few issues left for a full agreement to be reached, but the fact that the initial “agreement” was actually reached in September shows the clear will of both sides to start working together, provided Inigo comes free.
Inigo Martinez is very fond of Xavi, who wants to have a left center back in the squad. Currently, there is no stopwatch in the frame. Ronald Araujo, Eric Garcia, Jules Conde, Andreas Christensen and Gerard Pique are all on their right legs. This is an unusual situation in a team with many central defenders. It should also be remembered that Xavi plans to use the three stopwatches more often, so that the left stopwatch can play the role of the left defender under certain conditions. Now the Catalans can test Marcos Alonso in this position, but this is not a normal situation for the Spaniard.
The Barcelona coach knew it would be difficult to recruit Inigo this summer. Athletic never want to give up their best players easily, especially since the club has limited room to maneuver in the transfer market, being able to bring in only Basque nationals. The process is made more difficult by new president John Uriart taking over the club. Xavi appreciates the 31-year-old defender for being aggressive, tough and expert, with good ball handling and ensuring quick adaptation and good performance because he knows La Liga well.
“The more competition, the better”
All indications are that Gerard Pique will leave Barcelona next summer. The Catalan has a deal valid with the club until 2024, but with the condition that he plays 35% of the matches in which he will be available to play this season. If he does not play them, the contract will remain in effect until June 2023. Currently, the second Barcelona captain has played only two games this season (45 minutes against Victoria Pilizno and 90 minutes against Cadiz) and is currently ranked 20th in the national team in terms of the number of minutes played (135 minutes) . If the 35-year-old is gone, the coaching staff believes it would be a good idea to keep five options for a means of defence. It is believed that the more competition, the better.
Athletic want to extend his contract with Inigo Martinez, but the player so far prefers to wait and does not comment on the matter in the media. Basque does not want to make a bad impression at the club he has been playing for since 2018, but believes the ability to move to Barcelona at the age of 31 would be a great opportunity for a step forward in his career. The defense attorney also realizes that Xavi loves him. When Inigo was asked on 9/11 to extend his contract, he left the door open. – I don’t think I have to answer that question anymore. Martinez admitted it is something in the hands of the club and my agent.
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