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Barcelona can’t afford to renew Clement Lenglet’s contract - report

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Contract talks have been put on hold

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Barcelona have reportedly had to postpone contract renewal talks with defender Clement Lenglet because they can’t afford to offer the defender an improved deal.

According to Goal, Barcelona are ”eager to tie him down” but have had to postpone talks due to the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lenglet wants to stay and has a contract that runs until 2023. He “will not listen to offers from elsewhere until he has received a proposal.”

The report reckons Barcelona will try to open talks before the start of the new league campaign in September.

Lenglet spoke about his future back in May in an interview with RMC and sounded a little uncertain as to whether he would stay or not

“You never really know what the future will be like when you are a football player, but I hope to be at Barcelona next season, yes,” he said.

“It will necessarily depend on the transfer window, this is a special period for the clubs, and we’re safe, but I hope to stay.”

The defender’s renewal is not the only one Barca are working on at present. The Catalans also need to secure Lionel Messi’s future and that of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.