Sergi Roberto was regarded as Barcelona‘s most surprising player for the 2015/16 season, having played comfortably in different positions from his natural central-midfield berth, to deep-lying midfielder, wide right and left-back.
The Spaniard who also filled in the gap when Messi was injured last season, insists he is currently enjoying playing at right-back for Barcelona, despite it not being his usual position.
Image: Sergi Roberto
For his awesome performance last season, Sport reported he will be rewarded for that with an automatic salary increase.
As Luis Enrique has used him in at least 60 percent of the club’s official games during the current campaign, his salary will automatically be increased as he has hit the pre-established scales.
In addition, his release clause will rise from 30 million euros to 40 million euros in relation to his wage rise, but also in relation to his contribution to the team this season.
Tried and tested, the 24-year-old has started both of Barca’s La Liga matches this season at full-back, despite being a natural central midfielder.
Sergi spoke with Esport 3 on his international break with Spain, explaining that his teammates have been supportive of his new challenges.
“I am getting used to it,” Roberto said. “At the beginning it was new for me, but in the end my teammates made everything easier.
“I am getting used to it and enjoying it.
“The whole team has started at a great level and, from a personal point of view, I am very happy. The Coach is showing faith in me and this is the path I want to follow.”
Roberto also expects the fight to La Liga’s crown will get messier this new season.
“Last year we did things very well and all the teams want to beat us. It will be a very hard-fought League with Madrid, Atletico or maybe another team.”