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Xavi, FC Barcelona coach, confides that he had a discussion with Ousmane Dembélé to convince him to extend his contract, which ends at the end of the season. He recalls his admiration for the French.

It is a very clear request. Xavi, FC Barcelona coach, says he spoke with Ousmane Dembélé (24) to push him to extend his contract, which will end next June.

“I made him understand that he is very important for my project”

“I had an individual interview with him and I made him understand that he is very important for my project, explained the Catalan technician on Friday at a press conference. For me, it’s very important to have him in the team. It depends on him. He told me he’s happy here. I hope to be able to renew his contract, he is a footballer capable of making a difference in the years to come. “

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The Frenchman’s future is on hold, as the Catalan press has relayed contradictory information on the subject in recent weeks. Xavi puts all his weight to keep the former Rennais, who arrived at the club in 2017. The winger has resumed competition this week against Benfica Lisbon (0-0), despite a physical condition deemed at risk. Aligned in Kiev against Dynamo in the Champions League on November 2 (0-1) for the first time in five months, Dembélé had played half an hour before leaving the lawn suffering from a stretch in the semi-membranous muscle of the left thigh. Tuesday evening, Xavi saluted the sacrifice of the French international who had played without being 100%.

He again summoned him to the group for the trip to the Villarreal field on Saturday (9 p.m., 15th day of La Liga). “You have to be careful, the other day he was not at 100% and he showed tremendous commitment and involvement,” he added on Friday. Tomorrow (Saturday) we will decide. Let’s see how he feels, but we have to take care of him. Because Xavi relies on him a lot, and preferably beyond the current season.


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