Clément Lenglet has been told by Barcelona that talks centered around extending his contract will begin either at the end of this year or the beginning of next, according to a new report.
The 25-year-old has three years left on his current deal, but it seems Barcelona want to reward him sooner than that. The French defender would get a salary increase that would put his deal in line with the contracts given to starting XI players.
Since arriving from Sevilla, Lenglet has become a starter after long term injuries have kept Samuel Umtiti away from the pitch.
The idea is to start talking about a contract renewal during the middle of next season, with an eye towards hammering it out by the end of the term.
While Lenglet seems set to secure a place as Gerard Piqué’s partner in defense, Umtiti has been linked with a rumored exit from the club. The FIFA World Cup winner has appeared only sparingly, playing below his old level, and is out injured again for the foreseeable future.