The 24-year-old is entering the final phase of his contract with the “foreign” agency, which expires in 2022, while the referee still has injuries, interfering with ongoing negotiations. The new contract is still not concluded.
Despite many predicting that the player is preparing to move out as a free agent after the end of this season. But the new coach Xabi still believes he will be able to revive this footballer.
New Barcelona head coach Xavi believes Ousmane Dembele can be the best player in the world in his position and has urged the club to prioritise a new deal for the winger.
Dembele has failed to justify his transfer fee, reported at the time to be worth up to €147m with add-ons, since joining Barca from Borussia Dortmund in August 2017.
He has made 119 appearances for Barca in total, starting 76 of those. To put that into context, 10 players, three of whom left ahead of the 2020-21 season in Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Nelson Semedo, have featured more in that time, with Sergio Busquets (209) leading the way.
“He can be the best player in the world in his position. But we have to work with him and demand from him,” Xabi said.
“It’s up to him. depending on his mental state He has to be free from injuries and perform at a high level.”
“Renewing his contract is a top priority for me.”