Barcelona defender has made honest confessions over the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Dembele, Mbappe, and the club’s potential new signing this summer
However, Ronald Araujo has been in the topflight since the start of the 2021/22 season at Barcelona
He has become Xavi’s key defender, following his brilliant performers at the club so far
Araujo signs a new contract at the club, which will possibly see him be at the club still the summer of 2026
Barcelona endured a disappointing 2021/22 campaign during which they finished without a trophy.
A second-place finish in La Liga guarantees them a spot in the UEFA Champions League and the Spanish Supercup for next term
Considering many factors at the club during the 2021/22 season, the club suffered a setback
Despite the somber season, there were some positives to emerge for the Catalans. The breakthrough of youngsters like Gavi and Nico Gonzalez was a major plus
Another big positive for the Blaugrana was the evolution of Ronald Araujo from a prospect into a mainstay and a leader at the heart of the defense.
The Uruguayan enjoyed a brilliant campaign on a personal level and established himself as one of the best defenders in La Liga
Araujo sat down for an interview with Catalunya Radio
During which he discussed how his contract extension came about while admitting that he had more lucrative offers from elsewhere.
“I am very satisfied with the renewal. There were options around me, but I am the one who decides. Araujo said.
“We knew that there were very strong economic offers, but my intention has always been to stay at Barça,”
“There was a moment when the two parties came together, but there was no agreement. There were only two meetings and in the second one everything was closed.”
The center-back spoke about how the transfer to Barcelona materialized, saying:
“Ramon Planes is very important to me. When I arrived in Europe I was in a hotel in Madrid and I didn’t know who I was going to sign with.”
“When Barça’s proposal came to me, it was for the 2nd team, but I was very happy because it was Barça, the best decision I could have made.”
The Uruguayan was also asked to compare Mbappe and Barcelona’s priority summer transfer target Robert Lewandowski
“Lewandowski and Mbappe are two great players. We defenders prefer a bigger player, who is a reference, than a smaller one, but they are both great players.”
Moving on to the future of one of his teammates, Ousmane Dembele, whose contract expires next month, Araujo said:
“Dembele knows what he has to do. We all hope he stays with us; he is a spectacular person, smiling, a player who can give a lot.”