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Barcelona president issues update on future of contract rebel Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona president issues update on future of contract rebel Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has issued an update on the future of Ousmane Dembele, telling him that he needs to change his demands if he wants to remain a Barcelona player beyond the summer.

The French winger is out of contract in July, and has stalled on renewing his deal at the Camp Nou to this point, with money thought to be a central sticking point for the 24-year-old.

And, speaking to Spanish outlet El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed that no fresh talks had been opened despite the Frenchman’s upturn in form, having contributed a goal and 7 assists in his last 5 La Liga outings.

Cash-strapped Barca, who are currently 114 million euros above their salary cap, are keen to keep Dembele, but not at any price.

‘We’ve no news for Ousmane Dembélé contract’, Laporta began. ‘If he wants to stay, he will have to adapt to our salary scale for next season’

Replacement waiting in the wings?

The news (or lack of news) comes hours after it was revealed that the catalan giants are in talks with Deco over a move for Leeds United star Raphinha, who seems certain to depart Elland Road this summer.

With Ferran Torres, Ansu Fati, Memphis Depay, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adama Traore already at the club, such enquiries suggest that the deal is perhaps tied to the future of Dembele, although there is also no news yet as to whether Adama Traore’s loan move will be made into a permanent one.

And, given their recent upturn in form, it seems as though Dembele could do much worse than remaining at the Camp Nou.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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