Ousmane Dembele’s agent insists Barcelona contract stalemate is NOT about money as he criticizes Xavi’s management after playing the £ 96million man after Covid without coaching
- Ousmane Dembele nears end of contract with Barcelona
- There have been allegations his salary demands have prevented Barca from offering new terms
- But now the Frenchman’s agent has spoken out against such rumors
Ousmane Dembele’s agent cited the poor management style of Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez as the reason Dembele’s contract negotiations came to a standstill.
Dembele’s agent Moussa Sissoko has criticized some of Xavi’s management decisions and wants better for his player before a new deal can be reached.
Responding to speculation that the stalemate was due to Dembele’s financial demands, Sissoko told L’Equipe (via Sport) that “it’s not about the money”. It’s a day-to-day question.
Ousmane Dembele’s agent insists his salary demands are not a problem in Barca contract negotiations
Dembele’s agent instead slammed the way Barca’s new boss Xavi used him in the games
Referring to Barcelona’s Copa del Rey game against Linares Deportivo when Dembele was brought in at half-time to try to help Barca come back from 1-0, Sissoko told L’Equipe that the decision to play Dembele ‘without having trained after his release from Covid was difficult to understand.
No.7 Dembele did not appear to lack fitness as he scored the equalizer and played a key role in Barca’s 2-1 win over Linares Deportivo to advance to the next round.
However, Sissoko believes that Xavi’s general direction needs to improve for the Frenchman to strike a deal.
The 24-year-old joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 for a fee of £ 96million.
Since joining the Spanish squad, Dembele has struggled to stay in shape, having made just 86 La Liga appearances at the club and just three starts so far this season.
French striker Dembele is now in the final months of his Camp Nou contract
There have been rumors of a possible return to Germany for Dembele with reported links to Bayern Munich, with English clubs Chelsea and Tottenham closely monitoring his situation in Spain.
Reports suggest that Barcelona boss Xavi has made several attempts to convince Dembele that there is no better option than Barcelona, but with only 4 months left on his contract, there is a realistic risk that ‘he is leaving as a free agent this summer.
According to L’Equipe, no further meeting has been arranged between Barcelona and Dembele’s representatives, but talks between the French player and the Spanish team are expected to resume at the end of this month.