Ousmane Dembélé shines with the France team since the start of the World Cup, in line with his last performances with FC Barcelona this season. The realization of a better preparation. Enough to put its future back at the heart of the debates.
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That things have happened in 4 years for Ousmane Dembélé. Things that forged him to make him a key element of the France team today at the Qatari World Cup. Because the evolution is clearly perceived during the competition. Starting off against Australia, he seized his chance to the full this time, unlike the World Cup in Russia where his first performance against the same opponent earned him relegation to the bench for the rest of the competition.
There, no fuss, Dembélé convinced with a constant investment. And validated his place for the future, as proved by his tenure against Denmark in the group stage. For him, it was a real challenge, not to relive the same downgrading as in Russia. So this big start to the World Cup is a victory, and proves to him that invisible work pays off. More professional than ever, Dembélé (25) is fully focused on football.
Barça wants to take action
FC Barcelona, who have long waited to see the best face of their French winger, can rub their hands to have extended it until 2024. It was the will of Ousmane Dembélé, who feels good in this team rather young coached by Xavi. The World Cup is again likely to shine the spotlight on him. Because if he extended, it was on advantageous terms. He has a €50m release clause, and half will go to Dembélé's agent if a club lifts it.
To avoid such a scenario, in view of the last few months, Barça has decided to take things in hand, and already wishes to extend it. He contacted his agent to let him know. After nearly 6 years spent in Catalonia, Ousmane Dembélé will soon be faced with a choice regarding his long-term future. Because by extending for a short time, he only postponed the deadline. As often, good performances push the management of a club to quickly move on a file. This is the case in that of the French. One thing is certain: given its World Cup, we should see a new soap opera with FC Barcelona.