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Barcelona reach an agreement with defender over a new contract

Barcelona have reached an agreement with Marcos Alonso over a new one-year contract with an option for one more year, reports Ferran Correas of SPORT.

Alonso joined the Blaugrana only last summer, arriving from Chelsea on a Bosman deal. The left-back signed just a one-year contract with the club upon his arrival as the club were struggling with Financial Fair Play problems.

However, the two parties had agreed that an extension will be discussed in the new year. And Barça have seemingly followed through on their word and have now reached an agreement over an extension with Alonso, with an announcement now said to be imminent.

The 32-year-old has grown into a reliable player at Camp Nou, with Xavi placing immense faith in the former Chelsea ace.

Be it at left-back or as a makeshift centre-back, Alonso has delivered more often than not for Barcelona. In all, he has played 19 matches across competitions for the Catalan giants and has scored two goals as well.

With Xavi counting on the Spaniard, Barcelona have now decided to reward him with an extension to keep him around at the club beyond the current season.

It had previously been reported that Alonso was seeking a two-year extension, but it seems like the left-back has settled on a deal that will last for one year and has an option of a further extension for twelve months.

With Barcelona locking up the renewal of Alonso, as well as Alejandro Balde, it will be interesting to see how this affects the situation of Jordi Alba as it would be unsustainable for the club to keep three left-backs on the books at a time when they are looking to reduce their wage bill.

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