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Sergi Cardona benched for Barça’s upcoming match

Sergi Cardona (24 years old, Lloret de Mar), the left back of UD Las Palmas, has caught the attention of FC Barcelona as he could become a free agent on June 30. Known for his quality and good physique, Cardona has been on their radar. However, recent reports suggest that he might not be joining Barça next summer. While he has the skills, Barcelona is exploring other options to fill the potential gap left by Marcos Alonso, who is also nearing the end of his contract. Additionally, Betis is showing a keen interest in signing Cardona.

The 24-year-old defender from Catalonia clarified in a press conference yesterday that he has not turned down any contract extension offer from UD Las Palmas because he hasn’t received one. This contradicts the club’s statement, with president Miguel Ángel Ramírez acknowledging that they cannot match the offers from other clubs. “I haven’t rejected any renewal offer. When the time comes, we will discuss and decide what’s best for me and the club,” said Cardona, who also confirmed that he has not signed with any other team.

Looking ahead to the upcoming match against FC Barcelona, Cardona expressed his excitement, calling it a “special game for everyone.” He added, “It’s one of those matches you dream of playing as a kid, facing one of the best teams in the world. We aim to secure a victory to break our recent poor form in this beautiful setting.”

For his part, Julián Araujo, the right back on loan from Barça, won’t be able to play because, besides having the ‘fear clause’, he’s ‘touched’. The Mexican international hopes to come back from his successful loan to the Canary Islands club, where he has played 22 League games and 3 Cup games, scoring a goal in each competition. However, he faces tough competition from Hèctor Fort, who has secured a spot under the guidance of Xavi Hernández.

This content has been translated and adapted from the Spanish version of the digital newspaper

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