Barcelona tied down Alex Collado to a new deal, with the La Masia product penning a contract until 2023 and fulfilling his dream of staying and trying to pursue a career at this boyhood club.
The Barcelona B winger, who spent a couple of years at Espanyol early in his youth academy career, is one of La Masia‘s most prodigious talents and has already played 77 games and has scored 16 goals with the club’s B team.
Barcelona‘s decision to tie Collado down to a new deal was the first sporting initiative taken by the new board headed by Joan Laporta.
Collado has attracted interest by several European clubs, including Borussia Dortmund and Sampdoria, while many LaLiga Santander teams had placed him on their radar.
In fact, one of Real Madrid‘s directors monitored the youngster’s contract situation last December, but Collado has been adamant that he is focused on pursuing a career at the Blaugrana.
The 21-year-old declared on social media that he is “very happy to have renewed ” and that he will remain “where he has always wanted to be”.
Despite not having been given much playing time with the first team, Collado is aware that Ronald Koeman is fond of his skillset and that he could be given opportunities to show off his quality next season.
Change of agent
Since last March, Collado has been with a new agent in the form of Marc Sanllehy, who also represents young players such as Las Palmas goalkeeper Alex Dominguez, Spezia defender Salva Ferrer, Real Valladolid left-back Ignasi Vilarrasa and Espanyol B captain Ricard Pujol.
Collado is one of Sanllehy‘s latest jewels and, as the player made known through social media, the two men have a good understanding, with the Barcelona prodigy having asked his agent to not listen to any other offers before renewing with the Blaugrana.