Operation Renewal: Barça need to tie down futures of key figures

Barcelona are preparing for contract renewal talks over the coming months to keep several key figures at the club.

Operation Renewal: Barça need to tie down futures of key figures

Catalunyan daily Mundo Deportivo carries the cover story this Friday that Barcelona are working to secure contract renewals with some of the key figures in coach Ernest Valverde’s squad.

The next few months will be key in contract negotiations with the likes of Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Munir, Rafinha, Vermaelan and Rakitic, who has already publically stated that he expects the club to improve his salary after he turned down a big-money move to PSG last month.

Other important contract renewal talks will have to be held with Valverde himself. Although the club are aware they must not put too much pressure on the head coach and will have to approach the situation with patience.

"Operation Renewal": front cover of Mundo Deportivo this Thursday

Vidal ready 

Meanwhile, Sport’s front page carries the story of Arturo Vidal, who says that he is “ready” to make his first start for Barcelona, after having come on as a substitute for the club’s three first LaLiga games. Vidal is currently on international duty with Chile, and is expected to be named in Valverde's starting 11 for Barcelona's clash with Real Sociedad on Saturday, September 15.

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
1Barcelona 9 3 0 0
2Real Madrid 9 3 0 0
3Celta 7 2 1 0
Full standing
Next matches
R. Sociedad - Barcelona S-15/09 16:15
Barcelona - Girona D-23/09 20:45
Leganés - Barcelona X-26/09 20:00

*Update 7 de septiembre de 2018

Vidal says he is ready for his first start