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Fresh signs have indicated that Ousmane Dembele will stay at FC Barcelona.
The Frenchman, signed from Borussia Dortmund for €105mn ($113.5mn) in 2017, had arrived at an impasse as per penning a new deal with his current arrangement expiring on June 30.
If Xavi Hernandez listened to the masses, and treated the winger like his predecessor Ronald Koeman and president Joan Laporta did Ilaix Moriba in similar circumstances by sending him to the stands, Dembele would have no doubt already lined up his next club – believed to be PSG – and one of the greatest comebacks of modern times wouldn’t have played out before our very eyes.
Thanks to Xavi’s excellent man-management, though, he has since been able to encourage top form from the 24-year-old who has, like the club’s second all-time appearances leader predicted, become one of the continent’s leading providers of assists matching the numbers of Lionel Messi and Ballon d’Or hopeful Karim Benzema.
There had been encouraging signs that Dembele will stay on at Camp Nou in previous weeks, such as the warm embrace Laporta gave him as the team trained ahead of their Europa League last 32 second leg clash against Gala GALA tasaray in Istanbul – plus the very fact that the club are negotiating with his agent Moussa Sissoko.
In recent days, however, fresh signals on social media have suggested that Dembele is closer than ever to prolonging his stay in Catalonia.
Firstly the player has finally added “FC Barcelona” to his Instagram profile despite, in theory, being a free agent in just over two months’ time.
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Then over on TikTok, a member of Dembele’s entourage responded to a comment on a video of the World Cup winner with his niece and remarked: “He is going to renew”.
Encouraging developments to say the least, but now Dembele has to put pen to paper to make this more than just gossip and speculation.
With his future still up in the air, ‘Dembouz’ is likely to start in Sunday evening’s match against Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou and try and further cement Barca’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League next term with a win.