France winger Ousmane Dembélé has finally put an end to the various speculations, which made the rounds of his eventual exit from the club, by extending his contract untill 2024 with the Catalonia outfit.
The deal today comes a day after club president Joan Laporta said Dembélé would stay on during the presentation of new signing Raphinha.
The former Borrussia Dortmund winger now 25, had joined the Camp Nou side in 2017 for a club-record fee of $173 million from Borussia Dortmund, as the club sought a young talent after the unwanted exit of Neymar.
However the winger’s time with the Spanish side hasn’t been a rollercoaster afterall, as he’s been plagued with several kinds of injury since he joined the side.
Notwithstanding, Dembélé has still find a way of showing how talented he is when he’s fully fit, and has consolidated himself as one of the club’s most irreplaceable players thanks to his speed and playmaking.
The new contract concludes a drawn-out negotiation between player and club that appeared to have broken down in January when Dembélé rejected Barcelona’s renewal offer, prompting the club to tell his agent to find the France winger a new club.
As a result of the breakdown in the transfer negotiations with his agents, this wouldn’t distract Dembélé on the pitch of play, as he usually came into the party when called upon by new coach Xavi Hernández and remained one of his most used players.
Furthermore, since his arrival from Dortmund, the forward has scored 32 goals and assisted 34 more in 150 appearances for Barcelona.
But with his contract expiring this summer, it appeared he would leave the club with a host of Premier League clubs and French giant PSG said to be interested in the 25 year old signature.
His contract extension indeed will be one of great benefit to Xavi who has brought in several other signings [Kessie, Christensen, Raphinha] etc in a bid to see how he could build a winning side following a season without a title.