Barcelona player Ronald Araujo has admitted that he is keen to extend his stay in Catalonia, saying that he hopes to be at Camp Nou for many years.
The 22-year-old joined the La Liga side in the summer of 2018 in a deal worth €2 million from Uruguayan club Boston River. He was initially assigned to the reserves, but a year later, he earned his senior debut in a league match against Sevilla.
Since then, the talented centre-back has went on to rack up 39 appearances across all competitions for the Catalans, with two goals and an assist to his name. Majority of those appearances came during the 2020-21 season after Ronald Koeman was appointed the new manager of Barca.
The Uruguayan footballer impressed with his performances last campaign, earning 24 La Liga appearances and scoring two goals (stats from Transfermarkt).
His current contract with the club is set to expire in 2023. The 22-year-old conceded that he is prepared to commit his long-term future to the Catalans, but doesn’t know anything about negotiations for a new contract.
Araujo said (as per Goal.com):
“I’m very happy to be at Barcelona, I hope to be here for many years and give my best in each season.
“I don’t know much about the renewal, my representative takes care of that.
“I’m calm, but I hope to be able to continue at the club.”
The Uruguay international also credited Koeman for providing him the opportunity to display his skills.
“With me there has always been a good coach-footballer relationship,” he said. “Koeman has made me play a lot and I was then able to show that I deserved to play.”