Xavi Hernandez continues to be hopeful Ousmane Dembele will resolve to remain at Barcelona, insisting the Frenchman wouldn’t be happier anyplace else.
Dembele‘s contract expires in the summertime and a brand new deal is but to be agreed, with Barca’s negotiating energy hampered by money owed of greater than 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion).
Renewing the 24-year-old’s contract on lowered phrases would additionally permit Barcelona to register new signing Ferran Torres. Torres has signed from Manchester City however at present can’t play attributable to La Liga’s spending limits.
“I am hoping that he makes an effort,” stated Xavi in a press convention on Tuesday. “This sporting challenge is the perfect one for him. He won’t be as completely happy anyplace else as he’s at Barca. We are going to see what he decides.
“I am calm and waiting for news. It does not depend on me. It depends on the club, the player, and the agents.”
The signing of Torres from City has additional lifted the temper at Barcelona, who climbed to fifth in La Liga on Sunday after successful 1-Zero at Mallorca.
They are actually only a level behind Atletico Madrid in fourth, whereas Barca president Joan Laporta stated on Monday the membership is “back” and able to compete once more for the world’s greatest gamers.
“We are fifth and we’re coming back little by little,” Xavi stated. “We are engaged on our type of play. The signing of Ferran Torres permits the followers to breathe as effectively. We are working virtually 24/7.
“We have to follow the president’s lead because it’s a positive message to say that we are back. That’s the mentality we want. If we sink into misery, that won’t achieve anything.”
Barcelona performs at Segunda B aspect Linares Deportivo on Wednesday within the final 32 of the Copa del Rey, a contest they’ve received 5 instances within the final seven years.
Xavi stated Memphis Depay and Ansu Fati should not but able to return from damage however that they might be accessible to face Granada in La Liga on Saturday.