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Barcelona: Xavi confirms contract extension for first-team player

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The Catalans have tied down one of their summer signings to a new contract.

Barcelona have extended Marcos Alonso’s contract until June 2024.

The Spaniard left Chelsea as a free agent before signing a year-long contract at Barcelona. But his performances this season have convinced the Catalans to give him a new deal.

Similar to his previous contract, the new deal includes a €50m release clause.

“We discussed this subject with Jordi Cruyff and Mateu Alemany and the club,” Xavi said on Friday, confirming Alonso’s contract renewal. “We were clear about it.

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“I am very happy for this renewal. He is a great player and he is going to be very important for us in the next games and in the future.

“He is a very reliable footballer, he has been a very high-level signing for us, he is a fantastic footballer who can adapt with reliability in various positions and helps us a lot. Also, in the dressing room he is a great person.

“He has been a great signing and that he can continue with us is great news.”

Alonso has made 19 appearances for Barca so far this season, securing a place at the left-hand side of Xavi’s defensive line.

The experienced defender’s contract extension means Alejandro Balde will have consistent competition for his place in Barcelona’s lineup.