There is no doubt that Ronald Araujo is one of the best young center-backs in the world. So far this season, the Uruguayan international has started every game except one in the Champions League, demonstrating how important he is to Barcelona.
Given the player’s importance at Barça, a new revelation emphasizes that the feelings are mutual.
According to SPORT, Araujo signed a contract extension until 2026 earlier this year, rejecting more lucrative offers from Premier League clubs to leave the Spotify Camp Nou.
The main reasons for the highly-rated defender’s loyalty to the club are his love for the Blaugrana and his desire to succeed with the team.
With Xavi’s men believed to trust Ronald Araujo and regard him as a pillar behind their project, the aforementioned news will undoubtedly put a smile on curlers’ faces.
It was widely reported in the summer that former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola was a big fan of the Uruguayan international. So much so that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was seen having dinner with the player’s agent, Edmundo Kabhi.
Given Guardiola’s status as arguably the best coach in the world and City’s status as one of Europe’s most successful and well-run clubs, it would not have been surprised to see Araujo interested in a move to the Etihad Stadium.
The fact that Ronald Araujo did not keep his eyes and ears open for such potential moves, instead committing his long-term future to Xavi’s side, demonstrates how much he believes in the club’s rebuild.
At the same time, the club and Barça supporters have enormous faith in the young defender, so much so that he is being dubbed the “new Carles Puyol” because of his devotion to the club, his aggressive defending, and his leadership.
It was clear during the recent game against Elche when a sold-out Camp Nou sang his name and cheered him on. Araujo’s cooler adoration will last a long time now that he has signed a new contract.
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