Brazilian – who Tuchel wants to replace Rudiger – reveals decision amid Chelsea reports


Ronald Araujo has opened up about his decision to sign a new contract at Barcelona, amid Speculation that Chelsea are keen on a transfer deal

It is no secret in the media that Chelsea will be in the transfer market for a new defender over the next couple of months as they are about to lose Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to Spanish football

And that has led to speculation in the media that Chelsea were open to the idea of bringing Araujo to the Premier League after learning that he was struggling to agree a new contract with Barcelona

However, despite all the speculation, The Uruguay international put pen-to-paper on a new deal last month, committing him to the Catalan club until 2026, and he has now Admitted just why he agreed that new contract

Speaking to Sport about his new deal, which also includes a €1 billion (£840m/$1.1bn) release clause, Araujo revealed he always wanted to commit his long-term future to Barca despite interest from elsewhere.

“That has always been my wish. Renewal brings me a huge happiness,” said the 23-year-old.

“I am in the best club in the world and it is the reward for a job well done. The club’s confidence in me means I’m doing things right.

“My whole family was there [when I signed] and I was moved. We have been through a lot.

“My parents had to sacrifice a lot for me to achieve my dream of being a footballer. I hope I still have ten or fifteen years left in my career, but now I have fulfilled my first dream, being at the best club in the world.”

Araujo has also been reflecting on how he moved to Barca from Uruguayan Primera Division side Boston River three years ago.: “That was incredible. I was at a small team and was thinking of making the leap to a great Uruguayan or another South American team,” he said.

“With that I was content. But I remember that one Thursday, when I was preparing a match against Penarol, my representative, who was in Europe, called me. He told me that he had to come quickly without telling me where.

“On Sunday I came to Madrid. I had some offers from Primera, but he told me that Barca also wanted me to play for the reserves. And I didn’t doubt it. Barca is Barca. And it was the best decision I made at the time.”


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