Konrad’s new deal will last until 2022 – including a two-year option – with a winger set to make a steady leap to Barcelona B next season, starting this season with U-19s.
Konrad signs new deal with the Spanish giants
U.S. Under – 20 men’s national team player, Konrad de la Fuente has signed a new agreement with Barcelona, as he commits his future to the Spanish giants. Konrad’s new deal will last until 2022 – including a two-year option – with a winger set to make a steady leap to Barcelona B next season, starting this season with U-19s. The 18-year-old winger has played five games with Barca B, scoring one goal – a stoppage-time game-winner in a February victory over AE Prat. De La Fuente and Barca B could play in the Spanish second division next season if the club secures a promotion from the third level in July.
Under the terms of the new deal, De la Fuente will have a release clause of €50 million ($57 million/£45.5 million), while he remains at Barca B, and this fee will grow to €100 million ($114 million/£91 million) if he leaps into the first team.
It was always his dream to play in the Barca’s first team
Konrad signed his new contract at Estadi Johan Cruyff, with Barca B Director Xavier Vilajoana and technical secretary Eric Abidal. “I am very pleased to continue in the best club in the world,” the winger said. “It was always my dream to play in the first team, and that’s why I want to stay here to try to achieve this.” The first goal now is to move from Barca B to Segunda A. “The news comes after references to the departure from Barcelona, with the winger closely related to moving to Hertha Berlin earlier this year, De La Fuente, born in Miami from Haitian parents, joined La Masia in 2014 and climbed through the club’s youth ranks in recent seasons.
The 18-year-old was the second youngest member of the U.S. U-20 team that participated in the U-20 World Cup in 2019, where he played together with players like Sergino Dest, Timothy Weah, and Ulysses Llanez. In the end, the U.S. ended up in Ecuador in the quarterfinal round after a 16th round victory over a particularly favorable France, with De la Fuente starting all five matches in the tournament.