FC Barcelona: Busquets Extends Contract, Pedro Warns Barca Over Complacency
Barcelona playmaker Sergio Busquets has extended his contract with the Catalans till 2015, while Pedro has urged his side to stay compact ahead of the return-leg game against Almeria in the Copa del Rey.
Busquets first made his appearance in the senior Barcelona side in the very early stages of the 2008/09 season, and he has since then turned into a key player at the club. On Thursday morning, he expressed his desire to stay longer with the Blaugrana through the extension of his contract, which sees his buyout clause rise from €80million to €150million.
“I am very happy,” he told Barca TV. “It is the best way to start the New Year and great news for everyone.
“I am feeling full of positive sensations. I am still young, I’m only 22, and I look forward to a career full of success. I am at the best club in the world, and I just hope that the years to come will be like those I have had here so far.”
Meanwhile, Pedro has insisted Barcelona will not relax in their second-leg match away to Almeria in the Copa del Rey’s semi-finals. Despite his side’s 5-0 win in the first leg at the Camp Nou, Pedro uttered: “We know we got a good result.
“Yet, there is still the return game to play and we can’t be over-confident. What happened at Betis is still fresh in our minds and we mustn’t get carried away.”
Barcelona were stunned 3-1 away to Real Betis earlier this month in the Spanish Cup’s quarterfinals after crushing the Verdiblancos 5-0 at home. If ever Los Cules pass their test against Almeria on aggregate, they will be facing either Sevilla or Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.