Xavi Hernandez and Dani Alves, who has returned to Barcelona, have reached an understanding of Ousmane Dembélé. Dembélé has been plagued by ailments since his €100 million football transfer move to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in 2017. He has struggled to live up to his price tag due to his lack of form and injury issues n spite of the fact that the winger is still only 24.
Despite this, before the conclusion of the season, he is expected to sign a new contract, when his present one expires. Xavi, the new Barca manager, sees Dembélé as a vital element of his plan. The new head coach said during his official presentation: “Dembele in his position can be the best player in the world. He has to be a world class player. It’s important to have a winning mentality and consistency. We have to help him.”
Interestingly, returning defender Alves has also spoken about Dembélé after he was asked about the winger during his own presentation on Wednesday. Alves said: “Dembélé is an exceptional player who needs to understand that he is Barça and to believe that he is a great player, he can do many great things here.”
Clearly, those at Barcelona value Dembélé despite his struggles so far, and should he sign a new contract, it seems he will get every opportunity to finally prove his worth.
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