The 25-year-old center-back was a regular at Barça’s XI starter and had three years left on his Camp Nou deal.
Lenglet’s new Barca contract offer has been postponed
Barcelona have had to suspend renewing Clement Lenglet’s deal for financial reasons. The 25-year-old center-back was a regular at Barça’s XI starter and had three years left on his Camp Nou deal. The Catalan side is pleased with the progress he has made and is keen to tie him down for the long term. But the Covid-19 pandemic has forced them to postpone the next round of negotiations. The Spanish giants have been struck by the epidemic, with the gaming staff taking on pay cuts to ease their financial problems. Although Clement has attracted interest from many of Europe’s top teams. The defender wants to stay with Barça and knows the club wants to renew his contract, which costs less than €2 million per season.
The France international wants to stay with the club
The defender will not listen to offers elsewhere until he receives an offer from Barcelona. Lenglet hopes to start negotiations again weeks before the start of a new LaLiga campaign. He blossomed into an essential part of Quique Setien’s squad, making 38 appearances in all competitions in 2019-20, and he urged in May that he wanted to stay with Barca next campaign. “You never really realize what the future will be like when you’re a footballer. But I hope to be at Barcelona next season,” he told reporters. “It will depend on the transfer window, this is a special period for clubs, and we are safe, but I hope to stay”. Clement’s situation is similar to that of goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, who will also have to wait before negotiating a new deal.
In June, the international community in Germany discovered that the discussions had taken place before the pandemic. “There were already the first meetings of my agent with the club about the extension of the contract. Then the coronavirus issue came up, and it was not time to discuss the contract,” he said. “when many people are worried about their lives, we decided to postpone it. I feel good in Barcelona and also because my family feels good.”