Injury-plagued Ousmane Dembele 'wants to sign a new deal to extend his stay at Barcelona', with the £124m winger in the final year of his Nou Camp contract
- Ousmane Dembele has been plagued by injuries since joining Barcelona in 2017
- He has been unable to show why the Catalan club paid a massive £124m for him
- Dembele hopes to sign a new deal with the winger in the final year of his contract
- He made his first appearance of the season on Tuesday following an injury
The 24-year-old French international joined the club for a massive £124m fee from Borussia Dortmund, before the start of the 2017-18 season.
Dembele's move has not worked out well for either the club or player, and there had been suggestions that he had no plans to stay past his current contract which is in its last year.
Ousmane Dembele hopes to sign a new contract to extend his stay at Barcelona
It has now been reported by Spanish publication Sport, that Dembele is now willing to stay at the Nou Camp.
The French player has informed his agents that he wants to reach a satisfactory agreement with the club and it's said the two parties are entering the 'final stretch'.
There had been some concern by Barcelona that they could lose the player on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The 24-year-old winger could leave the club on a free next summer if a new deal is not agreed
Barcelona could have looked to sell Dembele in the January transfer window if they are unable to sign him to a new deal.
It's said now that the LaLiga giants are 'feeling more optimistic' that they can tie Dembele down to a new extension - something they hope to accomplish this month.
The winger had been linked with a host of clubs in recent months, including Liverpool and Manchester United, with clubs across Europe keeping tabs on his contract situation.
He made his first appearance of the season on Tuesday following his injury with France at Euro 2020
Dembele's time at the Nou Camp has been hit by injury issues with the winger making just 81 LaLiga appearances to date, since joining in 2017.
But his 11 goals last season saw him deliver arguably his best season at the Nou Camp.
After suffering an injury at Euro 2020 with France, Dembele got his first minutes of the season on Tuesday night when he came off the bench for Barcelona who beat Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 in the Champions League.
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