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Update On The Future Of This Barcelona Winger: Should Xavi Keep Hold Of Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Sport offered an update on the future of Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele. It has been claimed that the Catalan club are planning to enter talks with the representatives of the French wide player over a new contract.

Dembele’s Decent Run Of Form At The Nou Camp

The 25-year-old has managed to put in a run of eye-catching performances for Barca this season but has also missed a lot of key games due to injury. Dembele has found the back of the net eight times and earned seven assists in 28 appearances for the Catalan outfit during this campaign across various competitions.

The France international deserves credit for being consistent with his offensive contributions as he is averaging 2.2 shots, 1.9 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per game in La Liga. He has also taken care of the ball when interchanging possession with his teammates in the opponent’s half based on his pass completion rate of 84% in the French top tier (stats via whoscored).

Dembele’s current deal at the Nou Camp will run out in the summer of 2024. Hence, the Catalans should consider offering him a new contract soon or else risk losing him for a cut-price fee at the end of this campaign.

Ousmane Dembele
BARCELONA, SPAIN – JANUARY 25: Ousmane Dembélé of FC Barcelona looks on during the Copa Del Rey Quarter Final match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at Spotify Camp Nou on January 25, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Should Barcelona Boss Xavi Keep Hold Of Dembele?

Dembele can use his quickness to make a few penetrative runs with the ball out on the flanks. He can set up some inviting chances for his teammates in the opponent’s half and can strike the ball with power and accuracy from long range.

The French sensation deserves credit for contributing by scoring and creating his fair share of goals for Barca on the right wing. He is primarily a right-sided wide player but can also fill in as a left-sided wide player if his manager asks him to do so.

Dembele has proven his value as one of the most important members of Barcelona boss Xavi’s first XI this season. It is very likely that he would now help the Catalan club to win another La Liga title later this year. Thus, it is only fair to the player if Barca offer him a new and improved contract so that he can focus solely on staying fit and becoming a more consistent performer at the Nou Camp.

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