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Barcelona yet to start talks with winger over contract extension, club in no rush

While it seemed extremely unlikely initially, Barcelona managed to extend Ousmane Dembele’s contract in the summer for two years, with his release clause dropping to €100 million.

The Frenchman was not ready to sign a renewal on the same terms, and wanted a salary bump. However, as it turned out, he ended up signing a new deal worth less than his previous one.

That said, though, Dembele has managed to turn his situation around at Barcelona, with much of the credit falling to Xavi. The winger ended last season on 13 assists in 21 games, averaging more than two chances created per game.

The club is thoroughly impressed with his performances and plan to offer him a contract extension. That has been the plan since the two parties reached the two-year extension in July.

However, according to a report by MARCA, Barcelona are yet to start talks with Dembouz over an extension.

The Catalans are not worried about the interest of other clubs in Dembele, though, even though his release clause will drop to €50 million in the summer of 2023.

They are in no rush and want to evaluate the player’s performances and roles in the team before officially tabling an offer.

Barcelona also have the services of Raphinha on the right-wing, and know that if Dembele’s performances drop, the Brazilian will be there to take over the role.

The 25-year-old has been a starter for France during the 2022 World Cup, starting on the right-wing. He is yet to score a goal, but has provided two assists — both to Kylian Mbappe.

Dembele will take on Barcelona legend Lionel Messi in the final game of the competition on Sunday for a shot at his second World Cup trophy.

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