Xavi Hernandez hasn’t given up hope that Ousmane Dembele would stay at Barcelona and believes that he would not be happier anywhere else.
Dembele’s contract ends in the summer, and Barca’s negotiation strength is limited by debts of more than 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion).
Barcelona would be able to register new signing Ferran Torres if the 24-year-contract old’s was renewed on lower terms. Torres joined from Manchester City, but owing to La Liga’s spending restrictions, he is now unable to play.
“I am hoping that he makes an effort,” said Xavi in a press conference on Tuesday.
“This sporting project is the best one for him. He will not be as happy anywhere else as he is at Barca. We are going to see what he decides.
“I am calm and waiting for news. It does not depend on me. It depends on the club, the player and the agents.”
Torres’ arrival from City has boosted Barcelona’s spirits even more, as the Catalan club ascended to fifth place in La Liga after a 1-0 victory against Mallorca on Sunday.
They are currently only a point behind Atletico Madrid in fourth place, and Barcelona president Joan Laporta announced on Monday that the club is “back” and ready to fight for the greatest players in the world.
“We are fifth and we’re coming back little by little,” Xavi said.
“We are working on our style of play. The signing of Ferran Torres allows the fans to breathe as well. We are working practically 24/7.
“We have to follow the president’s lead because it’s a positive message to say that we are back. That’s the mentality we want. If we sink into misery, that won’t achieve anything.”