It is not clear that Dembélé will go to the stands if he does not renew
At Barça it is trusted that Ousmane Dembélé end up accepting the renewal offer that the club has presented to you. He is considered a player who, if he manages to avoid serious injuries, can mark an era. However, it is obvious that there is a possibility that it will not renew in the remainder of 2021 and that he enters next year, less than six months before the end of his contract, without signing. Faced with this possible scenario, within Barça the position to adopt is being analyzed.
Months ago, the majority current was the one that bet on pulling hard with the French if he refused to renew, in the same line that was taken with Ilaix Moriba. The midfielder, who ended his contract in 2022, refused to extend his contract and when the preseason began for the current campaign, the club agreed with Ronald Koeman that he would not train or play with the first team. He was transferred to Barça B, with whom he trained, but he was not called up for preseason games either. Finally, the player agreed to be traded to Red Bull Leipzig for a fixed 16 million plus another 6 in variables, instead of waiting a year to finish his contract and leave for free.
With Moriba he was inflexible, but with Dembélé it is not so clear that he was left in the stands. In the club, priority would be given to what I needed Xavi to try to meet your sporting goals. Because giving up a guy with speed, verticality and who is ambidextrous could be detrimental to the performance of the team. In that sense, yes Ousmane trained well and played without fear of putting his foot in and with involvement, he would not have to be ostracized for a matter of seeking the best for the team. Along the lines, for example, of a PSG that has not yet been able to renew Mbappe, who also ends his contract next summer, but that does not mean that he has been condemned, far from it, not to play.