Barcelona to extend contract with Dembele

Barcelona to extend contract with Dembele

Catalan Barcelona plans to extend winger Ousmane Dembele’s contract despite interest from Juventus and Manchester United.

Ousmane Dembele, after his move to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017, was subjected to maximum criticism from the media and fans. The reason for this was frequent injuries of the Frenchman, combined with a costly transfer of 105 million euros with a possible payment of an additional 42 million euros.

During these incomplete four years, the winger played only 110 matches in Barcelona jersey, in which he scored 29 goals and gave 20 assists in all tournaments. The current season has turned out to be one of the most productive in Dembele's career at Camp Nou, so the head coach of the team, Ronald Koeman, is interested in extending his contract.

The new president of the club, Joan Laporta, is of the same opinion. He considers the extension of the agreement with Dembele a priority, as reported by CBS Sports. The player's entourage says that he is experiencing the most enjoyable period of his career with Blaugranas. Therefore, there should be no problems with prolonging the contract.

Dembele is closely watched by Juventus and Manchester United. If we talk about possible prospects in these teams, then first of all we would look at Dembele in Turin. Juventus are having problems with the attack, to which the Frenchman could contribute. In Manchester United, he would have had enough compatriots, so problems with adaptation did not arose. But in fact, and otherwise, he would have to work out in defense, which he does at Barcelona every other time. Previously, there were rumors of interest from Liverpool and it would be extremely interesting how Dembele would have coped with Jurgen Klopp's tasks, given his laziness in pressing.

It still seems to us that Dembele will not play better because of the extension of his contract. This can only be influenced by structural changes at Barcelona as a whole, which has not yet been observed. The team began to play well, but Koeman will still have to change the principles of defense and pressing, which is why Dembele also may suffer.