Barça confirmed on Thursday that Ousmane Dembele will sign a new contract until 2024.
The Frenchman became a free agent since his last deal expired at the end of June. But now he committed his future to the Catalan giants
Ousmane Dembélé has extended his contract with Barcelona untill 2024. 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/arTrSBT87q
— Barça Buzz (@Barca_Buzz) July 14, 2022
Dembele will officially put pen to paper at the Ciutat Esportiva shortly. Afterwards, the club will treat him as a “public signing” for the cameras on the Tito Vilanova pitch.
The news finally brings the Dembele contract saga to an end. At times it looked almost certain the forward would leave earlier in the year after he failed to agree a new deal.
Barcelona also appeared pretty frustrated with the situation. But according to the reports, Xavi played a key role in keeping Dembele at the club and sign the contract.
The Frenchman’s injury problems at Barcelona have been well-documented but there were reasons for optimism last season when he returned to fitness and finished top of the assists charts.
Xavi will be hoping for more of the same next season but Dembele will face competition for a place in the starting XI, particularly with Raphinha set to join the club from Leeds United.
Now that Dembele has a new contract, we can only hope that he will keep improving under Xavi. But most importantly, he needs to stay fit