Sergi Roberto is heading into the 2019/20 season under a cloud of uncertainty as his role at Barcelona shifts.
Roberto is a midfielder by trade but became a favoured option for Ernesto Valverde at right-back, the Spaniard preferred for his protection of possession as opposed to Semedo’s sometimes erratic form.
However, Barcelona are well stocked in the middle next season after Frenkie de Jong’s arrival from Ajax and so Roberto’s opportunities could be limited, something he is acutely aware of.
“I really like the idea [of going back to playing in midfield], but the problem is that there are a lot of people,” he said (h/t Marca).
”I’m ambitious and I’ll work to create a space wherever the coach decides. It [returning to midfield] will be good news if I play. If I don’t play, it won’t.”
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