After a first four dull seasons, Ousmane Dembele finally came into his own at Barcelona under Xavi, assisting 13 goals in 21 league appearances last season. The Frenchman was finally feeling home, even though his contract was set to expire in the summer of 2022.
Until then, Dembele had shown no signs of wanting to renew at the Camp Nou, and was reportedly demanding wages worth nearly €40 million a year. Barcelona found this to be unreasonable, given their financial situation, and refused to extend him on his terms.
Under fear that he might leave for free, the Catalans completed the signing of Raphinha from Leeds United for the right-wing position for nearly €60 million.
While Dembele ended up renewing just before the season started, he only penned a two-year deal that also included a 2023 summer release clause worth a measly €50 million.
Now an integral part of the squad, Dembele has finally given his ‘ok’ to sign another long-term extension, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Barcelona will begin talks with him over the new deal once their finances are more stable. Currently, they would not be able to register the Frenchman even if the two parties reach an agreement over an extension.
Barcelona are not concerned about his low release clause either, as the player has promised the board that he will not leave.
Dembele has been battling against Raphinha for a spot on the right-wing in the team, with the two racking up a total of 20 goals and assists.
At present, though, Dembele is struggling with an injury, and has not participated in the last 11 games for Barcelona. He was expected to be back for the Real Madrid clash in the Copa del Rey semi-finals second leg, but picked up a relapse in training, sidelining him for another three weeks.