Gavi closed the renewal cycle following in the footsteps of Ansu Fati, Pedri and Araujo
Barcelona has completed the rejuvenation operation of the squad that began in its day
Joan Laporta, the Blaugrana president, summed it up very precisely yesterday during the renewal of the Gavi held at the Camp Nou. “Today is a historic day. We are looking at the present, the immediate present and the future of Barça.” With the signing of the Sevillian midfielder, the Blaugrana club has closed the cycle of renewals that began at the beginning of last season with Pedri and Ansu Fati and lasted months later with Araujo.
The Canarian, the Hispanic-bisauguineado, the Uruguayan and the Sevillian are called to take over from the sacred cows and complete the rejuvenation operation undertaken at the time, in which players such as Eric Garcia or Ferran Torres, who landed at the Camp Nou throughout last season.
The mean age of this new batch of young talent It barely exceeds the 20-year mark. Araujo is the most ‘veteran’ of the group at 23 years old, while Gavi (18) is the newest, ahead of Pedri (19), Ansu (19), Eric (21) and Ferran (22). With them Barcelona has secured the future. They all have talent to spare and contracts in force until 2026, at least. Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres are the only two exceptions, since both are shielded until 2027.
All of them are already a reality. Xavi Hernandez, Blaugrana coach, has blind faith in his potential. In fact, Gavi, Pedri, Araujo and Eric are already indisputable in the starting eleven, while Ferran Torres and Ansu are called to break into it sooner rather than later.
Two other young talents from the academy should soon join this select group, such as Nico and Alejandro Balde. The first has had to go on loan to Valencia in search of minutes, but with a contract until 2026 and 20 years, Xavi is counting on him for the future. Balde has burst onto the scene this season and it won’t take long for him to have a first-team record. At 18, he has a contract until 2024 after renewing it in July last year.