Four reasons why Dembele is renewing with Barcelona

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After months together of rumors and speculations, the Ousmane Dembele soap opera is finally drawing to an end with the winger set to sign a new contract with Barcelona;

Indeed, as reported by SPORT, the Frenchman has decided to accept the two-year proposal tabled by the Blaugranawith the club and its representatives working out the final details of the contract.

The 25-year-old had become a free agent at the start of the month after his contract with Barcelona expired on June 30. However, despite being linked with several clubs like Chelsea, PSG and Liverpool, the Frenchman has ultimately decided to re- signed with the Catalan heavyweights.

The report adds that everything could be finalized and an announcement could be made by the middle of next week, as Dembele once again becomes a Barcelona player after spending ten days as a free agent.

Here we look at four reasons why the Frenchman performed a U-turn and is re-signing with Barcelona after it looked like a parting of ways was written in stone.

Xavi brought the best out of him

It is no secret that Xavi’s presence in the Barcelona dugout has been key to Dembele’s imminent re-signing. The Catalan club’s manager had played a pivotal role in bringing him back into the squad after falling out in January.

Following that, Xavi managed to extract the best out of the French winger. Undoubtedly, the 25-year-old played some of his best football in his five years at Camp Nou under the tutelage of the club legend, as he finished the campaign with 13 assists despite playing only a handful of games.

And the faith shown by the manager is likely to have played a key role in the renewal. After all, it was Xavi who put pressure on the board to reinitiate negotiations over an extension when all seemed over.

Lack of offers

Despite there being talk of Dembele courting plenty of interest from clubs across Europe, at the end of the day, it turned down that the French international had very little to choose from when the time for a decision came along.

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PSG had shown a strong interest, but the appointment of Luis Campos as the new sporting director led to the Parisian giants ending their interest. There had been links to Chelsea, but they shifted their attention to Raheem Sterling and Raphinha, leaving Dembele hanging.

The likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich had all been mentioned as suitors, but none of the clubs ever made a concrete approach. Eventually, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner had little choice but to accept Barcelona’s proposal.

Chance to lead the rebuild

Xavi’s presence will have played a key role in Dembele’s decision to re-sign with Barcelona (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

In his five years as a Barcelona player since arriving from Borussia Dortmund, Dembele has largely struggled with fitness issues and has failed to live up to his vast potential.

But under Xavi in ​​the second half of the last season, the Frenchman showed that he can be the difference-maker for the team when push comes to shove. The former Rennes wonderkid came up with several clutch displays which were key to Barça finishing second in La Liga.

In the process, he showed that if fit and used correctly, Dembele can be a huge player for Barcelona. And with the club in a transitional phase, the chance to become the leading figure of this rebuild under Xavi will likely have appealed to the winger, compelling him to re-sign with the club.

Getting out of his poor reputation

It is no secret that Dembele has had brushes with disciplinary issues and unprofessional behavior off the pitch in the past.

Starting from his time at Rennes, the Frenchman has been known for not maintaining time when it comes to attending training sessions. Those issues carried on during his time at Borussia Dortmund and have been repeated at Barcelona as well.

On top of that, he is also known to behave unprofessionally to get his way, as he did during his time at Rennes to force a move away to Dortmund, before repeating those tantrums in Germany to secure a transfer to Barcelona.

Now that he is likely to return to a place where he is wanted and has the faith of the manager, the 25-year-old will have an opportunity to repair his image and reputation and grow into not only a top footballer but also a top professional.

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