Ousmane Dembélé has always wanted to extend at Barça

At the end of his contract at FC Barcelona last June, Ousmane Dembélé hesitated for a long time before finally staying at the club. The French even signed his new lease (running until 2024) after the date of June 30, which technically does not make him an extended player but a new recruit. If the case took so long to unravel, it wouldn’t be his fault. guest on RMC on the eve of France-Austria, the one who finally finds the Blues after a year of absence explains that the decision was made in December 2021.

“With Xavi’s confidence, I was forced to stay. I feel good in the locker room, with all these young people, this whole team. I have been there for six years now. (…) I always told Xavi that I wanted to stay at the club. Afterwards, there are negotiations, it’s contractual and I didn’t settle. But I did not tell myself that I was going to leave the club. I remember a meeting between him and me in December. I told him that I was going to sign my contract.says the 25-year-old winger, before concluding. “There was what happened, but I always said I wanted to stay at Barcelona.”