Xavi wants Dembele to stay at Barcelona

Thu 24 February 2022 | 20:25

Barcelona boss hopes that the French striker can have future with the Catalans.

Ousmane Dembele

, who has failed to show the expected performance since he arrived from


, but now seems to be open about negotiating a new contract with the


, seems to be a player that


wants in his squad, despite his multiple injuries and poor performances since Xavi’s return, and the young head coach has hoped that the French forward would reach an agreement with the La Liga giants.

Xavi said:

"Ousmane's contract is up in June and it's a matter that's between the club and him. I see him as being happy. He's acting like a true professional. I'm very happy with him.

"Even when he knew he wasn't in the squad, he's been a model professional. I haven't had the slightest problem with Ousmane.

"I've heard all sorts of things: that he hasn't been professional and that he hasn't looked after himself. I can tell you now that it's the complete opposite, he's looking after himself, is professional, has been training well, and is positive in and around the group.

"That's why we - and I want to stress that it's not just me but the club too - have decided that he's able to play with the team. Had he been a bad professional, we may have decided on something else, but he's been a true professional and a role model in terms of the way he's carried himself within the group, and that's ultimately what matters.

"We'll have to see what happens between now and the end of the season. It's down to the club and it's down to him. He's an important player and one I like."

source: SportMob

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