FC Barcelona are in talks with Thomas Vermaelen about renewing for one more year, claims Diario SPORT. Barcelona are thought to be keen on extending Vermaelen’s deal, and the player himself is said to be interested as well. If the defender is not renewed, he could leave for free next summer. Teams in Italy and England are said to be interested.
Vermaelen had asked to leave during the winter over concerns about playing time, as he was trying to arrive into this summer’s World Cup in good form for Belgium, but he has been getting more opportunities and done quite well. He started (and won) his first match against Real Madrid, and with the departure of Javier Mascherano, he’s the team’s third-choice defender.
Next season, will Vermaelen remain third-choice? Will Yerry Mina still be on the team, or go out on loan?