Xavi Hernandez has publicly urged Ousmane Dembele to make a final decision

Xavi Hernandez has publicly urged Ousmane Dembele to make a final decision

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18 Jan 2022
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The Barcelona coach declared that Dembele has two options – he can either agree to a contract extension, or he can leave the club before the close of the January transfer window.

If  Ousmane doesn’t renew, the club must find a solution

Xavi Hernandez has publicly urged Ousmane Dembele to make a final decision on whether he is willing to renew his contract at Barcelona, which is set to expire next summer. The Barcelona coach declared that Dembele has two options – he can either agree to a contract extension, or he can leave the club before the close of the January transfer window. “I don’t want to disrespect anyone,” Xavi said during Barcelona’s pre-match press conference on Wednesday. “The message is clear: he either renews, or he looks to leave the club. It is not an easy or pleasant situation, but the club’s interests are paramount. We are in a complex, difficult situation. If he does not renew, the club must find a solution. We can’t be in this situation.”

 

“We have waited a long time. Sporting director Mateu Alemany has been in talks with Dembele’s agent for five months, and we can’t wait any longer.”

Araujo’s renewal is a priority for Barca

“He tells me he wants to stay. Ask him why he hasn’t renewed yet.” Ronald Araujo is into the last 18 months of his contract, and Xavi has expressed his desire for the Uruguay international and Barcelona to reach an agreement over a renewal. “Araujo’s renewal is a priority,” added Xavi. “For me, he is a critical piece. He is an extraordinary defender and has an endearing character. They have to reach an agreement quickly because he is a player for the present and for the future. It is appreciated to have players like him. Ronald is a guy who contributes a lot.” Xavi praised Marcelino’s work at Athletic Club ahead of the Copa del Rey last-16 tie between the two sides at San Mames on Thursday night. “Athletic have one of the best coaches in recent years,” noted Xavi.

“They are a very intense, very aggressive opponent. They demand a lot, especially at home. They play very well on the counter-attack. They work very well. It’s a one-off game, and this makes it very attractive. Going far in this competition makes us feel excited. I have the best memories from San Mames. They have treated me very well. I have a fantastic relationship with the club and with many players from that club. I admire that club; I think they do things very well, and they have a clear understanding of what they do. There is always a phenomenal atmosphere there.”

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