Sarunas Jasikevicius’ current contract with Barcelona expires at the end of the season, but the Lithuanian head coach wants to stay with the “Blaugrana” for another season (at least).
However, for this to happen, he has to accept a significant pay cut, as the Catalans aim to reduce their budget next season to save up to 10M euros.
As reported by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Sarunas Jasikevicius could see a pay cut of up to 90% of his current contract to remain with the squad. At the moment, Jasikevicius has a net contract of two million euros.
“I don’t know when the career [in Barca] is going to be over, especially for the players, because mine only starts as a coach, right?” Sarunas Jasikevicius said after the start of the ACB playoffs on Monday.
“You have the numbers that we haven’t won that many leagues, that many cups, or that many Euroleagues. In some cases, you can only win one this year. I don’t care if I have a contract or not, I want to win this league, really.”
In the last three seasons under the Lithuanian head coach, Barcelona has reached the EuroLeague Final Four three straight years without claiming the title, though. The “Blaugrana” have won the ACB once and the Copa Del Rey twice.
It also looks like the upcoming budget cut will affect the roster as well, with the club and star Nikola Mirotic having reportedly initiated talks on terminating the Montenegrin forward’s contract, which expires in the summer of 2025.