Ousmane Dembele is “happy in Barcelona” and wants to stay, amid reports linking him with a move to Paris Saint-Germain in his native France.
Dembele has had a mixed time in LaLiga since arriving at Barca for big money from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, but the 25-year-old has enjoyed a productive spell since Xavi took charge last season.
He has been involved in more goals than any other Blaugrana player since Xavi became head coach in November 2021, scoring eight and providing 20 assists.
That includes six goals and seven assists in 22 games this season (17 starts), and Dembele also provided two assists in his seven appearances for France as they finished as runners-up at the World Cup in Qatar.
However, despite stories suggesting PSG could be in line to bring him to Ligue 1, the former Rennes winger told Belgian television station Eleven Sports he is content at Camp Nou.
“I signed a new contract at Barca four months ago and I’m happy here, I want to keep working and improving at Barcelona,” he said. “I am good here, I am happy in Barcelona, I like my life here. The coach trusts me, and the board [trust me] too.”
28 – Ousmane Dembélé has been involved in more goals than any other Barcelona player in all competitions with Xavi Hernández as manager (28 – 8 goals and 20 assists). Pillar. pic.twitter.com/3HnlF3uyC6
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Dembele has just 18 months remaining on his contract, but Barca president Joan Laporta insisted on Thursday he is “not for sale”, telling Sport: “If PSG come to sign him, we will tell them he is not for sale.
“He’s one of the most important players that we have. He has extraordinary speed, he’s a lightning bolt. Every time he gets the ball he upsets defences and yesterday [in the 4-3 Copa del Rey win against Intercity] he scored a great goal.
“He won’t go for €70million euros or any amount.”
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