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Barcelona forward not thinking about PSG, wants to continue at club – report



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As Paris Saint Germain desperately look for new forwards in light of Lionel Messi’s departure from the club, Ousmane Dembele has reportedly arisen as one of the contenders on their table.

The Frenchman is not the only name being considered but is one of the well-placed options to convince Kylian Mbappe of a competitive project.

According to reports from SPORT, Ousmane Dembele refuses to consider a future away from Catalonia. The Frenchman only wants to stay under Xavi Hernandez’s command and is not interested in PSG’s approaches.

The former Borussia Dortmund star has enjoyed a resurgence of sorts this season after finally overcoming his chronic injury spell. Dembele was an active member in the dynamics for Barcelona in the first half of the season, playing as many as 23 league games in that duration.

An injury late in January eventually saw him ruled out for three months, but it is safe to say that the 26-year-old left his mark. In his 23 appearances, Dembele scored five goals and provided as many assists for Barcelona this season. Further, he averages 1.6 key passes per game and has created seven big chances.

Xavi sees the dynamic winger to be an integral part of his plans and a regular starter down the right flank.

However, Raphinha’s splendid form last season places the manager in a moral dilemma. After all, neither Dembele nor Raphinha can be deemed saleable now despite overlapping in position.

All eyes will thus be on the Spanish tactician next season to see how he utilises both stars to their fullest capacity. The situation, needless to say, will only get more dramatic if Lionel Messi returns to the club for the Argentine, too, prefers to operate down the right wing.

Dembele’s contract with Barcelona runs until 2024 with a termination clause of just €50 million. Joan Laporta’s team are thus working hard to reach an agreement with the player’s agent over an extension at the club until 2027.

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