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Barcelona offer Ousmane Dembele a new five-year contract

La Liga table-toppers Barcelona have offered Ousmane Dembele a new five-year deal to stay at the club, according to Marca.

Dembele’s agent Moussa Sissoko recently met with Barcelona executives Mateu Alemany and Jordi Cruyff.

His current deal expires in 2024, but they put a new contract on the table to extend his deal by another four years.

There has been speculation about the future of the French international with 12 months remaining on his contract.

Dembele technically left the club last summer when his contract expired. But he rejected interest from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain to re-sign for the Catalans.

However, he could only sign a two-year deal due to Barca’s financial woes. They now want to offer him a new contract before another club snaps him.

Barca want to remove the €50 million (£43.6m) release clause in his contract that activates this summer.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Newcastle United admire Dembele, but the Liga giants are keen to keep him.

The former Borussia Dortmund attacker has become a more consistent player since the appointment of Xavi Hernandez as head coach.

The Spaniard has cajoled Dembele, and the winger responded excellently in the second half of last season.

Dembele started this campaign well, bagging eight goals and even assists.

However, injuries have blighted his season. He has been out since suffering a hamstring injury towards the end of January.

The 25-year-old was due to be out for six weeks but spent three months on the sidelines.

Dembele returned to action in the 4-0 win over Real Betis on April 29 and continues to work his way back to form.

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