Barcelona hopeful defender will sign new contract as Chelsea prepare transfer bid

Reports in Spain claim that Barcelona are determined to keep defence ace Ronald Araujo despite moves by Chelsea and other top European club to prise the youngster away from Camp Nou.

The Uruguayan centre-back has less than 18 months left on his contract but the club are hopeful of convincing him to stay for the long term

Barcelona have made tying Ronald Araujo to a contract extension a priority, as coach Xavi insists the defender is the “present and future of the club”.

The 22-year-old’s current deal expires in June 2023 and it has been reported in Spain that talks over an extension were frozen early in the season.

Sport , as cited by Goal, reported on Saturday that several top teams are interested and that Chelsea are the leading candidates to lure him away from Camp Nou.

But Xavi says the club will work hard to convince the Uruguay international, who has made 24 appearances in all competitions this season, to stay for the long term.

“Of course it’s a priority. Ronald is a very important centre-back. He’s helping us a lot,” Xavi told reporters.

“We are really happy with his performances. He’s a loved player in the locker room. It’s one of our priorities to extend his contract with the club and his agent.

“He is the present and future of the club.”

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