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Manchester United Target Ousmane Dembele Still Waiting to Begin Contract Talks With Barcelona

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele admitted he has not yet opened contract talks with the club
Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele admitted he has not yet opened contract talks with the club / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Ousmane Dembele has revealed that he has still not begun formal contract talks with Barcelona, as he enters into the final year of his existing deal.

He signed a bumper five-year deal when he arrived from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, but has suffered an injury-hit spell during his debut season at Camp Nou, and only managed nine appearances and one goal in all competitions after another serious hamstring tear.

However, he has returned to full fitness and is in good form this season, scoring 10 goals and nailing down a place in the side, and admitted how happy he is at the club. He told beIN SPORTS: "My future? I still have a year of contract left. There hasn't been a discussion with the club yet, I'm happy, and I feel good. Then there is the new president who has arrived and whom I do not know too well, but he is very close to the players. We'll see how it goes.

"I always kept a smile, even after an injury. I told myself this is life. There are trials in life, you have to overcome them. Healthy living is just people talking. The injuries aren't because of that. You don't stay at Barca for four years with a poor lifestyle. I feel good since my return. Yes, it's true that I stand up more to opponents. Clement [Lenglet] teases me by the way, telling me that I have to throw more punches!"

The 23-year-old is believed to be a top target for Premier League giants, Manchester United, who reportedly enquired about his availability last summer. United are believed to be in regular contact with Dembele's representatives, while Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, and Juventus have also been linked with the player.