Ousmane Dembele’s future remains the subject of intense debate in Barcelona, with the attacker’s agent talking about contracts and questioning the club’s recent use of the French national team.
The World Cup winner continues to lose his current Camp Nou contract and will run into a vacant agency in the summer unless an extension is agreed.
The talks dragged on for some time, no compromise has been reached yet, and Dembele’s agent suggested that more support be sought from club bosses after he saw the talented 24-year-old return to the team after a coronavirus bout.
What did Agent Ousman Dembele say?
Moussa Sissoko, who runs Dembele’s career, told L’Equipe about a long-term betting in Catalonia: “Everyone is talking about money. But for us, it’s not just money. The daily guidance of the player is also very important. How can he play right after he gets COVID without training?
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At the end of December, the attacker scored a positive test for COVID-19, which forced him to take Barcy’s first trip in 2022 and at the same time break the period of self-isolation. Dembele was then immediately returned to the role for Copa del Rey’s match with Linares, with an important goal scored in a 2: 1 win after Xavi was shown at half-time.
He was then placed in the top 11 in the last La League draw 1: 1 with Granada and is in a touring group that headed to Saudi Arabia for a Supercopa de Espana match with a rival from Clasica Real Madrid.
Will Dembélé sign a new contract?
While Barca is only a few months away from seeing the signing of the big money contract go away for nothing, negotiations on new terms are still ongoing.
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Xavi wants Dembele to remain part of his long-term plans, and Blaugrana is reportedly approaching a figure that would be acceptable to those who make demands on behalf of a proven artist.
However, a number of clubs outside Spain are reportedly following developments closely.
Dembele has been heavily associated with the move to England for some time, with Manchester United in the recent past and Chelsea’s interest – Blues boss Thomas Tuchel, who previously worked with him in Borussia Dortmund.