#sports activities Ousmane Dembele claims he never wanted to leave Barcelona and praises Xavi impact
‘It was solely Barcelona’: Ousmane Dembele claims he never wanted to leave the Spanish giants following hypothesis over his future… and says he has ‘lived my greatest moments’ at Camp Nou since Xavi’s arrival as supervisor
- Ousmane Dembele has rejected claims he was set to depart Barcelona
- The 25-year-old had been linked with a transfer away earlier than signing his new deal
- Dembele has loved a resurgence in his Barca profession since Xavi took over
Barcelona ahead Ousmane Dembele has claimed he at all times wanted to keep on the membership following a summer season of hypothesis about his future.
Dembele ultimately signed a brand new two-year contract at Camp Nou in July following the expiration of his earlier deal on the finish of final season, which got here after he was often linked with a transfer away.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta had advised Dembele was set to leave as a free agent and had agreed a pre-contract settlement with one other membership – claims the participant himself has now insisted had been large of the mark.
The French worldwide took a pay minimize – reportedly 40 per cent – in his new deal as a part of Barca’s makes an attempt to ease their well-documented monetary issues.
Ousmane Dembele penned a brand new two-year-deal with Barcelona earlier this summer season
The 25-year-old insisted he never wanted to leave the membership regardless of intense hypothesis
Dembele joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in a staggering £120million deal in 2017 however has struggled to make an impact in Spain after going through important harm issues, though he has improved since Xavi took over as supervisor.
The ahead contributed 13 assists and one purpose in simply 15 LaLiga begins after the membership legend arrived within the dugout and was linked with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United this summer season.
In an interview with Mundo Deportivo, the 25-year-old praised Xavi for turning round his profession at Barcelona – and insisted he never wanted to leave the membership.
Dembele has given an interview about his time at Barca to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo
Dembele has loved a resurgence at Barcelona since Xavi took over as supervisor
‘There was none of that (pre-agreement with one other membership), I solely spoke with Barca. And I advised my consultant solely Barca and in the long run we’re all pleased,’ Dembele mentioned.
‘Since Xavi arrived, I’ve lived my greatest moments at Barça. For me, or for the opposite wingers, his means of seeing soccer fits us very nicely. The relationship with Xavi is excellent, he has at all times advised me the reality, he helps me loads and I’m pleased.’
Dembele – who has made a formidable begin to the brand new season with a purpose and two assists in Barcelona’s opening 4 matches – will reportedly obtain 50 per cent of any switch charge ought to he depart Camp Nou within the subsequent two years.
Xavi has revitalised Dembele who had struggled with kind and health earlier than his arrival
Spanish publication Sport declare Dembele is about to earn up to £17million a yr in his new deal.
He will earn a minimal of £13.5m gross for annually of his contract, with an extra £3.4m obtainable in bonuses in each seasons.
This means he may earn nearly £34m throughout his contract after extending his keep on the Nou Camp.
The former Borussia Dortmund star can even obtain 50% of any switch charge if he departs over the following two seasons, along with his launch clause set at £42m.