Barcelona faces continuity dilemma for two veterans – report

Marcos Alonso, Robert Lewandowski and Sergi Roberto during the farewell ceremony for Sergio Busquets after having played 722 games during the 15 seasons he has played for FC Barcelona, in Barcelona, on 31th May 2023.
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The veterans of FC Barcelona are important pieces for the team regardless of their age. In more ways than one, these experienced stars help mold the upcoming youngsters. However, there always comes a time for all footballers when they simply can no longer contribute as they used to.

Over the years, many Barcelona veterans have had to depart at one point or another. The likes of Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, and Sergio Busquets were all recent veterans of the team that decided that their time had come to move on to a new chapter. Similarly, there are still some veterans in the team closing in on such a point.

Veteran problems

As highlighted by SPORT, Barcelona is currently evaluating the future of two Spanish veterans. Marcos Alonso, aged 32, and Sergi Roberto, aged 31, have both lost significant prominence in the team. The two Spanish veterans have barely played this season and one of them is now even sidelined.

With a year remaining on their respective contracts, Barcelona thus far has no intention of renewing them. While the final decision will reportedly be made in January, their stance thus far is clear. Moreover, they wish to communicate this decision to the players as soon as possible. This is to allow both the Spaniards to sort out their future beforehand as well.

Lack of involvement

Formerly from Chelsea, Marcos Alonso currently provides a backup option to Alejandro Balde. Both left-backs hail from the same country, but the youngster is far and away Xavi’s trusted starter. Despite his ability to also play as a centreback, the Spaniard has too much to compete against.

He may end up getting time as a left-back, given Balde’s consistent playing time. This would allow the youngster to get some rest and avoid any unfortunate injuries. In terms of chances as a central defender, however, Marcos Alonso can not hope for anything as of right now.

In the case of Sergi Roberto, both his primary positions are also occupied. Joao Cancelo plays as Barça’s primary right-back and the Barcelona midfield is over-stacked. His opportunities seem unlikely to come this season despite his earlier insistence to stay during this campaign and help the team out as Barcelona’s first captain.

There may be some chance to renew Alonso or Roberto based on the new conditions Barcelona put forward. Perhaps with a significant salary reduction, the Catalan giants may opt for it. For now, however, Barcelona will be keen on reinforcing both their fullback positions.

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