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Ronald Araujo has talked about his decision to reject people like Manchester United and Liverpool in favor of a new contract in Barcelona.
The center-back has become one of Barcelona’s most important players this season after playing 40 games so far. He is an integral part of Xavi’s defense, despite the fact that the manager has chosen various partners in the center-half in recent weeks.
Araujo is becoming one of the best defenders in La Liga and is now a full Uruguay international as a result.
He has performed nine times for the South American nation and will play at this year’s World Cup as long as he stays in shape.
Araujo’s best performances in Spain have seen him become a target for clubs across Europe.
Manchester United and Liverpool were hoping to throw themselves over Barcelona’s poor financial situation by bidding on the star.
According to reports in April, United put a ‘whirling’ offer on the table for Araujo. It would have seen him earn twice what Barca promised if he stayed at the Nou Camp.
Despite this, Araujo rejected the Premier League interest and chose to stay as part of Xavi’s project.
Ronald Araujo got a huge release clause
He signed a new contract with the Spanish giants which will keep him in Catalonia until June 2026. It also has a release clause worth € 1 billion (£ 854 million).
During an interview with a Spanish newspaper SportAraujo was asked about his decision to extend at Barca.
He said: “It has always been my wish. The renewal is a great happiness.
“I’m in the best club in the world and that’s a reward for the work done. The trust the club has in me means I do things well.”
Araujo clearly has the ability and the physical qualities to cut it on one of the Premier League’s best teams. But he is loyal to Barca at the moment, which explains the new deal.
Araujo also enjoys his time playing under Xavi. The former midfielder brings optimism and hope to the club after they stalled under Ronald Koeman.
Plus, Blaugrana went on to a 15-match unbeaten run in La Liga between December and April. It has helped them overtake Sevilla and reach second place after champions Real Madrid.
Araujo is not the only Barca player United are hoping to sign. They like the look of Frenkie de Jong, even though a Prem rival is now on the trail.