Recent reports have hinted at the possibility of Sergi Roberto bidding farewell to Barcelona when his contract expires next summer. The 31-year-old has spent his entire senior career at the Catalan club. Roberto has seen a decline in his playing time this season, following the arrival of Joao Cancelo from Manchester City.
Sergi Roberto and FC Barcelona
Sergi Roberto, the current club captain, has been an integral part of the Barcelona squad for over 14 years, showcasing his versatility and experience. While he hasn’t secured a regular starting position this season, he has been a valuable contributor in several of the 2023/2024 season’s early matches. Including a crucial goal against Granada.
Unfortunately, the midfielder recently faced a setback due to a soleus injury. Forcing him to watch from the sidelines during Athletic Bilbao’s recent visit. However, he aims to return for the upcoming classic match against arch-rivals, Real Madrid, on Saturday, October 28, 2023.
Sergi Roberto to MLS
Sergi Roberto’s situation is garnering attention as he considers his future. Several reports indicate that the Major League Soccer (MLS) team Inter Miami is keen on securing his services if he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. This is partly influenced by the recent reunion of Roberto’s former teammates Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba at Inter Miami.
Despite the speculation, Sergi Roberto is currently focused on his responsibilities as the captain of Barcelona and remains dedicated to the club. His loyalty is evident in his willingness to sign a minimal contract. This helps the club navigate its challenging financial situation.
Roberto’s commitment to Barcelona is further underscored by an optional second-year extension in his contract, proposed by the club itself. However, the midfielder has made it clear that he doesn’t intend to be a burden for the club. He is ready to evaluate his role in the team and will respect any decision by the club that suggests his services are no longer required.
As for the Inter Miami rumours, it’s uncertain whether a potential move will materialize. The franchise has already filled its three designated player spots with Messi, Busquets, and Alba. This situation makes it challenging for Inter Miami to offer a competitive contract to Sergi Roberto. Making it unlikely for him to trade Barcelona for Miami.
Sergi Roberto’s immediate focus remains on Barcelona, but the future holds a degree of uncertainty. While he doesn’t rule out the possibility of an MLS adventure down the road, his dedication to Barcelona and the mutual year-by-year decision-making process with the club make it clear that, for now, Sergi Roberto’s heart remains in Catalonia.