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Barcelona Star Must Take 50 Per Cent Wage Cut To Remain At Club

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Barcelona Star Must Take 50 Per Cent Wage Cut To Remain At Club

Barcelona's Sergi Roberto must take a 50 per cent cut in order to remain with the club.

Although he is the fourth captain, the right-back is not a starter for the Blaugrana these days and a recent surgery on a thigh injury means he has only played 13 times for the club this season.

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Dani Alves, Sergino Dest and Oscar Mingueza are also in the mix for the spot on the right side of defence and according MARCA, Roberto is no longer seen as a "regular first-team player".

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The two parties have not properly entered contract negotiations, with Barcelona willing to offer him a new deal but only if he accepts to slash his salary.

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Image: PA

The club feel the request is fair given Roberto's injury troubles of late and his position within the squad.

However, it's said Roberto's entourage are looking to hold a meeting with Barcelona to discuss the matter this week.

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Roberto is expected to be fit and available again around April time, a couple of months before his contract at the Nou Camp expires at the end of the season.

The Spain international has played 316 times for Barca, winning six league titles.

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Image: PA

Due to their financial situation, which has seen them rack up €1.35 billion's worth of debt, Barca have been forced to ask a number of their big earners to take a wage cut.

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Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique all agreed to lower their wages for the sake of the club - with the latter even posting a picture of his pay slip to prove he did indeed to take a cut.

Lionel Messi had also settled on a hefty wage cut but Barca still couldn't meet La Liga's financial regulations, hence his departure to Paris Saint-Germain.

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Image: PA

After experiencing the difficulty to president Joan Laporta has decided to implement a salary cap on new additions.

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Starting from June 30, Barca will have a wage cap of €10 million in a bid to crack down on hefty contracts that aren't sustainable.

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Topics: Barcelona, La Liga

Josh Lawless
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