OROnce he has overcome the physical and health problems that weighed him down last year, Mark Bartra He has recovered his best version. In the season that has just ended, the Catalan central defender has become a key player in the team’s defensive line-up Pellegrinicontributing decisively to significantly reducing the number of goals conceded and allowing the Verdiblancos to meet their goals and win a title.
With 99 recoveries, 61 aerial duels won, 33 interceptions and 22 blocked shots, Bartra has accumulated some statistics in The league This past season, well above the average of the rest of the central defenders in the championship. But in addition, he has added a very striking figure, becoming the third player in the five major European leagues who has caused the most offsides.
With 3.26 offsides caused per game, only Virgil van Dijk (3.43), from LiverpoolY kaan ayhan (3.43), from Sassuolo, have managed to leave their rivals in ‘offside’ more times with their movements than the Betis defender. A fact that perfectly reflects the evolution of his game, now very focused on anticipating movements, both when it comes to recovering the ball and leaving his opponents’ forwards in an offside position.
Bartra, with Pezzella… waiting for Luiz Felipe
Bartra has formed a couple in the center of the team’s defense Pellegrini with the Argentine German Pezzella, with which he understands perfectly. And although he sporadically he has also played with Victor Ruiz Y Edgar Gonzalezknows that the biggest competition will come this summer with the hiring of the Italian-Brazilian Luis Feipewith which the Betis intended to give an extra boost to your defense.
But despite having five centrals after this signing, closed due to lack of official status, in the Betis understand that the continuity of Marc It is best for the team. After giving themselves a few weeks after the completion of The league to see the movements of the market, the Verdiblanco club has already put on the table Bartrahow did it progress ABCa renewal proposal to continue in the Benito Villamarin at least until 2025, with a horizon of two years more than those currently signed.
Waiting for a response from Bartra
The ball is now in the court of Bartrawhich, due to the economic situation of the club, both at an accounting level and in terms of salary limits, will hardly be able to Betis offer him figures similar to those he has received since he was recruited from the Borussia Dortmund for eight million euros. With an important weight in the locker room and a life made in Sevillethe normal thing would be for it to continue, although at the moment the renovation is not closed.
Own Marc made his intentions clear before the end of the Copa del Rey in an interview with BRAND: “My intention is to talk about the field to deserve a renovation. It would be silly not to want to continue in a club like the Betis in which I have spent so many years and of which I feel part”. Now it will be a matter of finding an economic understanding with the club… as long as the market does not interfere with a convincing proposal for both the player and Betis.