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FC Barcelona and highly rated starlet Alejandro Balde have reached an agreement for a new contract which will take the player through to 30 June 2028 with the buy out clause set at 1bn euros.
The signing of the new contact for the youth team product will take place on Thursday 21 September at 1 the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper will the following agenda: Signature by player and also words from president Joan Laporta and from Alejandro Balde.
With his contract extension signed, Alejandro Balde consolidates his position at left back in the first team after arriving at Barça in 2011 as an eight year old in which the Spain international quickly raced through the age categories in the FC Barcelona youth teams.
In the 2020/21 season he began to make his first appearances in the first team, making his debut in a friendly against Nàstic de Tarragona in preseason.
In September 2021 he made his Champions League debut in a game against Bayern Munich, coming on for Jordi Alba. The 21/22 campaign saw glimpses of his talent and in 2022/23 he established himself as a first team player and as first choice at left back.
Up to now he has made 55 appearances for the Barça first team, 42 as a starter, scoring once and creating six assists.
OIe Gunnar Solskjaer has shared the names of the five superstars he looked into buying whilst at the helm of Manchester United in a new interview with The Athletic with Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham included in the list.
Apeaking in his first interview since his dismissal, Solskjaer was keen to share the ones that got away from him – and could have played a key role in reversing United’s fortunes.
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The Norwegian first named his compatriot Erling Haaland at the top of his wish list who he eyed before he made his Salzburg debut.
“Declan Rice who wouldn’t have cost what he did in the summer,” Solskjaer continued.
“We discussed Moises Caicedo, but we felt we needed players ready for there and then. Brighton are very good at letting players come from abroad and find their feet for a year and a half. At United, you don’t have that luxury and that has cost the club loads of players.”
“We wanted Jude Bellingham badly – he’s a Man United player, but I respect he chose Dortmund. That was probably sensible.”
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