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Ousmane Dembele wants to stay at Barcelona, says Joan Laporta

The president confirms contract talks are ongoing

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta has given an update on Ousmane Dembele’s future at the club amid plenty of speculation about the Frenchman’s future.

Dembele is yet to renew his contract at Barcelona, which expires in the summer, and there are rumors flying about that the forward’s agent is trying to secure a Premier League move.

Laporta says the club are talking to Dembele and his agent and reckons the 24-year-old does want to stay at the Camp Nou and continue his career.

“There’s a really good relationship with him, we’re speaking with his agent. Ousmane wants to stay. He’s a player we like, someone who can be fundamental in the team’s improvement.

“That’s how the coach sees it. If injuries respect him. We always knew that he was in the final year of his deal.”

Source | Diario Sport

Barca will need to renew Dembele before the end of the year or will be faced with a situation where the attacker will be free to negotiate with other clubs.

The Catalan giants are reportedly worried they could be facing another Ilaix Moriba-type issue with Dembele and the next month is said to be “vital” with regards the forward’s future.