Ronald Araujo looks likely to reject the advances of Man Utd and Liverpool to sign a new deal at Barcelona.
There has been speculation for months that the Catalan giants were struggling to agree a new contract with the Uruguay international.
Araujo’s current deal expires in the summer of 2023 and has been looking for a substantial pay rise to renew at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona reportedly offered the centre-back a €4m a year deal earlier this year but the 23-year-old is looking for more.
The breakdown in talks had alerted Man Utd and Liverpool to his services with the Red Devils especially keen to tie up a deal for Araujo.
But the defender has now revealed that he is “optimistic” of agreeing fresh terms at Barcelona and that they will have a meeting this week to discuss it further.
“I am very happy to be here and happy with the support of the club,” Araujo said after Barcelona’s 1-0 win against Sevilla on Sunday night.
“We are working on the renewal. This week we have a meeting.
“I hope it will be resolved soon so that I can continue many years at this club. I am optimistic.”
Meanwhile, Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney is backing former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to land the manager’s job at Old Trafford this summer.
Rooney said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football: “I think Pochettino has done it in the Premier League, he knows the Premier League,” said Rooney, who won five Premier League titles as a player at United.
“At Tottenham he brought in a lot of young players, and at Southampton as well he brought a lot of young players through, so if I’m choosing between one of them two, that’s who I’d choose.
“I’d go with Pochettino and I’d give him time I think. For managers now they need time to come in and actually make their print on the club and on the team and if they give him time I think he’ll do well.”