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Barcelona Open To Extending This French Winger’s Contract: Good Move For Both Parties?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Sport mentioned that Barcelona are open to extending Ousmane Dembele’s contract. It has been claimed that the Catalan club are hoping to offer the French wide player a new deal after recently meeting with his agent Moussa Sissoko recently.

Dembele’s Decent Numbers In La Liga

Dembele is enjoying a decent campaign at the Nou Camp as he has put in a handful of productive performances for Barca in the final third. The France international has featured in 30 matches for the Catalan club this season, netting eight goals and grabbing seven assists in the process across all competitions.

The 25-year-old has been a reliable performer on the right side of Xavi’s attack based on his average of 2.1 shots, 1.8 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball from the back, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 84% in the Spanish top tier (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Catalan club is set to run out in the summer of 2024. Thus, it makes sense for Barca to offer him a new and improved deal.

Ousmane Dembele
BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 02: Ousmane Dembele of FC Barcelona reacts during the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Spotify Camp Nou on May 02, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Barcelona Open To Extending Dembele’s Contract: Good Move For Both Parties?

Dembele can use his pace to get in behind the opposition backline and is a decent dribbler with the ball as well. He has got the eye to play some decisive passes in the final third and can strike the ball with power and precision from long range.

The French wide player can contribute by scoring and creating his fair share of goals from the wide areas. However, he has been quite injury-prone in the past and is yet to prove his fitness at the Nou Camp.

Still, there is no denying that Dembele can be a prolific wide player when he is playing at the top of his game. Thus, it is only logical for Barcelona boss Xavi to offer him a new and improved contract so that he can keep hold of the player for the long run.

At 25, Dembele’s best years are ahead of him, so it will be a good move for both the winger and the Catalan club to extend their time together in search of more success in the future.

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