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Dembele is one of the best forwards - Xavi praised French star

Sat 04 December 2021 | 10:15

The French star is approaching the club's exit doors and will be able to negotiate freely with other clubs from January.

After Joan Laporta praised Ousmane Dembele, Xavi claimed that the French striker was one of the best players in his position.

Dembele joined

Barcelona

from

Dortmund

in 2017 for 105 million euros and his contract with the club expires at the end of the season, and there are many rumors about his departure from Barca. Barcelona are trying to extend his contract and have just begun negotiations. Laporta recently claimed that Dembele is a better player than Kylian Mbappe, and now Xavi has praised the French star.

Xavi said:

"We have left him a very clear position. He is a very important player with great talent. I already said it, he can be the best player in the world in his position. It depends on him. 

"We think of him as a key figure in this project. If it is because of the sporting project, he is happy. We are going to be positive. It is not just an economic issue. He wanted to feel loved and this he will have."

Barcelona must face

Bayern Munich

to advance to the next round of the Champions League. This match is on Wednesday after their confrontation with Real Betis, but Xavi and his team are focusing on their next match in La Liga. He added: 

"I look no further. Each game is vital. Tomorrow is also a final. We cannot lose points if we want to connect and fight for the league. 

"We will play with the best 11, with whom I think they can perform better due to the circumstances. The league will tell us where we are at the end of the season.

"It is an important week like the next one will also be. And in January. Barca is a daily requirement and every game. 

"Every week at Barca is vital. There is no rest until the holidays and more in this situation, we can't give anything away.

"Barca aspires to win everything and time will always tell where we got to. We are a team made to win, compete and the notes will say where we have competed."

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