Tantrum master: Dembele’s contact blowout at Barcelona resembles his exit from Dortmund and Rennes
The Ousmane Dembele-Barcelona transfer saga continues to be in the headlines.
The 24-year-old entered the final year of his contract last summer. Despite his sketchy injury record and inconsistent displays, Barça were willing to hand him a new contract and give him another chance to prove himself to the Camp Nou faithful.
However, Dembele and his camp kept pushing the contract talks time and again, while his agent was holding talks with clubs across Europe to secure him a lucrative contract.
The 24-year-old kept insisting that he wishes to stay with the Blaugrana but refused the deal that the club offered and held on for outrageous demands, leading to talks completely collapsing.
Following that, Barça tried to ship him off in the January transfer window and there was no shortage of interest either. The likes of Chelsea, PSG, Tottenham Hotspur were all keen but the French international is believed to have rejected all the offers on the table to leave Barcelona.
Now staying at Camp Nou, the possibility of terminating his contract has been discussed but that is unlikely to come to fruition.
This is not the first time that Dembele has acted out in order to get his desires fulfilled. Back at his boyhood club Rennes, the winger refused to turn up to training sessions back in 2015 in order to force the club to hand him a professional contract that he deemed worthy.
While the French outfit yielded, they were quick to offload him a year later, making €15 million by offloading him to Borussia Dortmund. The forward resorted to similar tactics at Signal Iduna Park when he became aware of Barcelona’s interest in him in 2017.
Dembele refused to show up for training for weeks and even had his lawyers threaten the club to terminate his contract, which eventually led to Dortmund accepting an offer €105 million plus variables from Barça.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has once again reverted to type, holding the club to ransom in order to get his way. Despite there being a chance that he will not play between now and the end of the season, he refused offers to leave in January and has stayed at Barcelona, leaving the club hierarchy outraged over the situation.
As things stand, it seems like Dembele will get his way and remain a Blaugrana until the end of the season before leaving on a free transfer when his deal runs out