Ousmane Dembele has had a roller coaster of emotions at Barcelona, not only for himself but for the fans as well. After his agent revealed that he may not continue at the Nou Camp after Barca refused to agree to his enormous demands, fans and the club were left extremely disappointed.
While his every appearance was met with whistles by the Camp Nou crowd and president Joan Laporta was keen on never letting Dembele play for the Barca colors again, Xavi Hernandez remain adamant that the Frenchman could be a valuable asset this season.
Despite the pressure from the board as well as the fans, Xavi remained supportive and continued to use Dembele as a super substitute as the French international remains someone with the ability to turn any match around as he showed against Athletico Bilbao.
Ousmane Dembele has slowly started to prove his worth at Barcelona
After constantly struggling with reoccurring injuries for the last four years, the Catalans hoped that the 24-year-old will finally become an integral part of the starting lineup for years to come. However, to everyone’s dismay, the world cup winner refused to renew unless Barca pay him a hefty salary for the next five years.
While this would be a normal demand at the Nou Camp, Barca are currently going through a tough financial period after the former management led the club to the cusp of bankruptcy. The arrival of Joan Laporta has eased things with the help of loans with the president now claiming to be all set to bring big-name signings in the summer transfer window. This has led Dembele’s agent to make the argument that the club should be willing to pay Dembele a huge salary if they are ready to do the same for their future signings.
Xavi meanwhile has decided to remain neutral with all focus on finding sporting success and wants Dembele to be part of his plans. The love Xavi has shown the Frenchman recently has started to bear results as the winger is now consistently performing at a high level for the club and did make a tremendous difference in the latest match against Bilbao.
Dembele, after only coming on in the 67th minute, had one goal and two assists to his name by the final whistle. These performances have now reignited the discussion of whether Barca should accept Dembele’s terms for renewal or should they let him leave on a free transfer in the summer transfer window.
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