Absent since February 11 and again for the next five months due to a complete rupture of the femoral bicep tendon of the right thigh, which occurred during training, Ousmane Dembélé will no longer wear the FC Barcelona jersey this season, and this even with the postponement of the meetings due to the Coronavirus which will push the Liga to end at the end of June in all likelihood. Regularly injured since his arrival in Catalonia, the French international could have played his last official match in the jersey of Barça.
It must be said that last summer, Ousmane Dembélé was the keystone of the transfer of Neymar. The former Stade Rennais winger was the bargaining chip that could tip the scales to convince PSG, but the latter refused to leave FC Barcelona. It would have been simple to think that Barça would like to separate from the French again this summer, notably due to his numerous injuries, but that would not be the case.
Quique Setien and Abidal want to see him stay
Indeed, according to the Catalan daily Sport, FC Barcelona would indeed count on Ousmane Dembélé for next season. Eric Abidal and Quique Setien, the new coach of the Catalan club, would like to keep the French international for at least one more season. According to Sport, Barça would not therefore put its 22-year-old winger on the transfer market. Information revealing the intentions of the Catalan club on the summer transfer window.
Under contract until June 2022, Ousmane Dembélé, whose injuries prevent him from winning at FC Barcelona, could very well have been used again as bargaining chip next summer. Despite his many absences, the French international remains an exceptional player and performs very well when he is in good health, which gives him great value and a good rating with other major European clubs.
Barça will therefore not, in all likelihood, use Ousmane Dembélé to attract Neymar or Lautaro Martinez next summer. In addition to Quique Setien’s desire to keep the Frenchman, because he is convinced of his qualities, Barça decides to once again trust the former Dortmund, whose injuries for two years are mainly due to his growth which doesn’t is still not over. Barça is patient and trusts Ousmane Dembélé. The Frenchman will now have to return the favor.