FC Barcelona have exercised their option to extend the contract of center-back Òscar Mingueza, who will be staying at the club until 30 June 2023. The player put pen to paper in the company of president Joan Laporta at the Ciutat Esportiva.
Óscar Mingueza, born 13 May 1999 in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda (Barcelona), has spent his whole life at FC Barcelona. From U10B through to Barça B, he has played at every level, though he didn’t become a permanent part of the reserve squad until 2018/19. Ronald Koeman called on his services for the senior team for the first time last November and he has been with the squad ever since.
Mingueza made his official debut on 24 November 2020 in the Champions League group stage against Dynamo Kyiv, a 4-0 win for Barça with Mingueza himself giving the assist for Braithwaite to score the second.
Mingueza has signed his continuity as a Barça player until 2023 this Friday. The club has decided to execute the clause in his contract that allowed him to renew for two more seasons with his buyout clause set at 100 million euros. According to Catalunya radio, this renewal is accompanied by the passage of Mingueza to the first team. Although the club had the power to renew the player unilaterally, the understanding with the player’s environment has been maximum.
This is what he had to say after signing the contract :
“It’s a dream come true. I have been working for many years for this objective, to sign a contract with the first team and I’m really happy and proud to have this chance after all the effort I have put in and all the support I have received. It has been a long process, I have suffered a lot. I also enjoyed good moments. I am really happy with the job that I have done and the chances they gave me.”
Not everything has been perfect in his debut season, but overall, Mingueza seems to be a good fit for the first team, especially in the new system that is being currently used by Ronald Koeman.