Gavi, a young midfielder for Barcelona, will turn 18 on Friday, August 5. Over the past 12 months, the 17-year-old midfield prodigy has experienced an astounding ascent to notoriety.
Gavi has come a long way, from getting into the senior team at Barça under former manager Ronald Koeman to becoming a stalwart for club and country.
Pablo Gavi, one of the top young players in the game right now, is set for greatness and has a promising future.
Next year marks the expiration of Gavi’s existing contract with Barça, and although an extension has not yet been made official, negotiations for a new agreement have been ongoing for some time.
However, there are no serious worries about his future because both the player and the club are eager to extend the contract, and a renewal may happen within the next few days.
And because Gavi will be 18 this week, Barcelona will be able to sign him to a long-term contract, according to Mundo Deportivo.
In fact, contracts greater than three years are not permitted for players under the age of 18 per UEFA regulations.
A professional contract that is longer than three years cannot be signed by a player who is under the age of 18. Section 18.2 of the UEFA regulations states that “Any clause for a longer term will not be approved.”
It stopped Gavi from signing the club’s proposed three-year contract with a two-year extension option. The midfielder will be free of those limitations and able to sign a long-term contract once he turns 18 later this week.
During Franck Kessie’s presentation last month, Barça director Mateu Alemany had affirmed the same, saying that everything was set up for Gavi’s contract and that a deal would be reached once he turned 18.
Gavi played 34 times in La Liga during his first season with Barcelona, scoring twice and assisting on another six goals. Additionally, he has ten national team appearances for Spain, and it appears that Luis Enrique may include him in his World Cup roster later this year.