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FC Barcelona Star Renews Contract Until 2029

An FC Barcelona star has renewed his contract until 2029 according to SPORT, which cited anonymous sources.

Scouted by Barca in 2013, Fort has been with the Blaugrana for over a decade and became a revelation in the recently finished 2023/2024 season after being promoted to the first team by Xavi Hernandez.

Though he finished the campaign trophyless, and was fired for negative comments made about Barca’s dire economic predicament, Xavi taking a punt on youngsters such as Fort, Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsi could become one of the defining achievements of the legendary midfielder’s legacy in the Barca dugout.

Fort is a natural right back, but has more often than not filled in at left back when another star that usually shares his position in Joao Cancelo was unavailable.

Fort and Cancelo have had to switch channels because of a season-ending injury suffered by Fort’s fellow La Masia graduate Alejandro Balde, with Jules Kounde often playing at right back.

Fort was particularly impressive in what was arguably Barca’s best win of the campaign – a 3-0 rout at the Metropolitano over Atletico Madrid which was one of the highlights of a 13-match unbeaten run brought to a half by defeat in the Champions League quarterfinals at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.

Yet while Lamine and Cubarsi’s immediate futures have both been secured by contract renewals, Fort was able to walk for free 13 months for now with terms that expire on June 30, 2025.

This isn’t the case anymore, however, as on the same day Xavi should sign his release papers, Fort has put pen to paper to commit to the Blaugrana until the same date on 2029.

COPE reported that this development would occur on Tuesday morning, and Jijantes later caught the youngster on camera heading to the Joan Gamper CT to do the deed and post for the traditional photos with President Joan Laporta.

Getting Fort tied down is seen as Barca continuing to bet on youth and the fruits of its academy, with the 17-year-old capable of fighting for minutes with either Balde or Kounde on either channel in defense.

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