Ousmane Dembele 'in no rush' to negotiate Barcelona contract extension

Tom Gott
Ousmane Dembele's contract is winding down
Ousmane Dembele's contract is winding down / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele has confessed he is not worried about his future at the club, amid rumours he could be sold if he refuses to sign a contract extension.

The Frenchman, who produced his finest season in a Barcelona shirt so far last year, has just one year remaining on his current contract and informal talks over an extension have been going on for months.

Barcelona have made it clear that they hope to keep Dembele around but will not hesitate to sell him if no agreement can be reached, with club officials adamant the player they signed for £135.5m in 2017 will not be allowed to walk away for free.

This summer is clearly make or break for Dembele, and in an interview with L'Equipe, he confessed he did not know whether he would still be a Barcelona player when next season gets underway.

"I don't know, we'll see," he admitted. "We will meet with the management of Barça. I still have time, I'm in no hurry, neither are they, we'll see what happens. 

Ousmane Dembele
Dembele does not know what the future holds / John Berry/Getty Images

"First, I'm totally focused on the Euros, then I'll go on vacation. It has been a long season."

It was then suggested to Dembele that Barcelona may be coming to the end of a cycle, with the new president keen to take La Blaugrana back to the glory days. But the 24-year-old argued that Barcelona are already trending in the right direction.

"For me, this is the start of something," he added. "Young players have arrived, from outside, or trained at the club like [Ronald] Araujo, [Oscar] Mingueza. [Sergino] Dest is 20 years old, he has just arrived at the club. Ansu Fati was injured too. We have to learn from our mistakes."

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Dembele believes the future is bright for Barcelona / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Should Dembele leave Barcelona, there would be no shortage of suitors. Most of the recent rumours have revolved around Manchester United, who see the Frenchman as a potential solution to their woes on the right wing.

Links to Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp, who gave Dembele his big break at Borussia Dortmund, will almost certainty surface once again, but whether they'll actually lead to anything remains to be seen.

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