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Pedri agrees new Barcelona contract with EUR1b release clause

FC Barcelona’s Pedri after the match Champions League Group E match against Bayern Munich at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain, September 14, 2021. — Reuters pic

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BARCELONA, Oct 14 — Barcelona’s teenage midfielder Pedri has agreed a new contract until 2026 including a release clause of EUR1 billion (RM4.8 billion), the La Liga club announced today.

Pedri, 18, has quickly developed into one of Barca’s best players little more than a year after joining the club in 2020 from second division side Las Palmas for EUR5 million.

He made 53 appearances in his debut season, more than any other Barca player, helping the team win the Copa del Rey and lighting up an otherwise poor campaign for the Catalans.

Pedri then played a major role in Spain’s path to the Euro 2020 semi-finals, becoming his country’s youngest player at a major finals and being chosen in Uefa’s team of the tournament and voted best young player.

He then helped Spain win the silver medal at the Olympic Games and ended the campaign with 74 appearances, more than any player in Europe.

Pedri will sign the new deal tomorrow with president Joan Laporta before holding a news conference. — Reuters

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