Barca Won't Change Stance On Dembele Future - Xavi
Barca Won't Change Stance On Dembele Future - Xavi

Dembele Must Sign New Deal Or Leave Barca, Says Xavi.

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has hinted that Ousmane Dembele might be sold this month, after stating that the winger must sign a new deal or “we will look for an exit for the player.”

Barca are eager to stop Dembele from going on a free transfer when his contract ends in the summer, and if they transfer him during the current transfer window, they will at least earn a fee.

Dembele has had a slew of injuries since coming from Borussia Dortmund in a 140 million euro ($158.9 million) move in 2017.

Despite this, Barcelona has been desperate to keep the Frenchman, who remains one of the team’s most skilled players, despite losing numerous important players to decrease the club’s debts.

Xavi stated that negotiations had been going on for five months and that “we cannot wait much longer.”

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He also stated that he is “not contemplating” placing Dembele on the bench till the summer.

“Either the player renews or we look for an exit for the player, there is no other possibility,” said Xavi at a press conference on Wednesday.

“We are in a complicated situation and we have been very clear with Ousmane.

“He wants to stay but it has not been agreed so we have to make a decision as a club and that is either to renew or find an exit.

“It’s a shame. He has played every possible minute since I have been coach.”

Xavi refused to say if Dembele will participate in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey last-16 match against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.

Ferran Torres is expected to start after making his debut against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday.

“He looks good,” said Xavi.

“He has missed some of the rhythms of competition but this week he has trained 100 per cent, he has recovered from his injury and tomorrow will be important for him.”

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