OFFICIAL: Barcelona extends Gavi’s contract
Barcelona confirmed on Wednesday that Gavi, the club’s teenage midfielder has extended his contract until 2026. The 18 year old’s contract was set to expire next summer and a number of Europe’s top clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City had expressed interest in signing the midfielder.
The club issued the following statement
“FC Barcelona and the player Pablo Páez Gavira Gavi have agreed to extend his contract until 30 June 2026 and the buyout clause has been set at 1 billion euros. “The open event for Gavi’s new contract extension will take place on Thursday, September 15th at 6pm CEST at Spotify Camp Nou. “Barcelona and Gavi have agreed on a new four-year contract until 2026 with a €1 billion buyout as the joint highest in world football.
The Bulgranas had reached an agreement with the teenager earlier this year but the deal had to be postponed due to the Spanish club’s financial inability to complete the contract.
However the new contract has now been confirmed by the club, and Gavi becomes the latest young star to commit his future to Barcelona following the signings of Ronald Araujo, Ansu Fati, and Pedri.
The historic €1 billion buyout also matches the release clauses of his teammates and as well as Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. A public presentation has been scheduled for Thursday to commemorate the youngster’s new contract. He has been a first-team regular for Barcelona under Xavi this season, starting all five of the club’s LaLiga games
Gavi was drafted from Real Betis’ youth team in 2015 and has quickly advanced to the Spanish club’s first team. He made his first-team debut for Barcelona in August 2021 aged 17 years and 24 days after only two appearances for the club’s B team. He is now the club’s fourth-youngest player in history.
In the Blaugranes’ 3-2 win over Elche last December, he became the club’s third youngest goal-scorer and he has already established himself as a member of the Spanish national team.
Gavi made his Spain debut in October of last year and has accumulated 10 caps for Luis Enrique’s side wearing the number 9 shirt on a regular basis. At 17 years and 304 days, his goal against the Czech Republic in June made him the youngest player to score for the Spanish national team.
The Bulgranas is hoping that Gavi and fellow teenager Pedri can emulate the famous midfields of the past and the pair has been compared to current manager Xavi and his former successful midfield partner Andres Iniesta.