BARCELONA (Agencies): Barcelona midfielder Pedri González has agreed to a new contract with the team through 2026, the club said Thursday.
Barcelona said Pedri’s new contract will include a release cause of 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion). His salary was not made public. The deal will become official when the player signs on Friday. The 18-year-old Pedri is coming off a breakout season, his first with Barcelona after joining from Las Palmas.
The playmaker led Barcelona with 53 appearances, helping it win the Copa del Rey. Pedri also became a key player for Spain, helping the national team reach the semifinals of the European Championship and winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
The new contract signals Barcelona’s desire to have Pedri help lead the team that is undergoing a painful transition since the departure of Lionel Messi and is facing enormous financial difficulties.