Ousmane Dembele is being one of the greatest ruins in the history of the Barcelona. The Frenchman is one of the most expensive players in the almost 122 years of the club’s life, one of the footballers who receives the highest salary from the current squad, a constant headache in extra-sports and sports with innumerable injuries. Now, in the final stage of his recovery and about to reappear, his renovation is still entrenched and the buzz of a possible escape completely free without leaving a single euro in the box flies over the Camp Nou.

The Gallic winger was the great replacement for Neymar. The Barça invested in him € 145 million of the 222 he received from the sale of the Brazilian. He was destined to be the next big star, the team’s imbalance and verticality. His performances with him Borussia Dortmund endorsed him but his landing in Barcelona it would soon begin to be truncated. Since his first campaign as a culé, his despotism as a professional with repeated lack of punctuality in training and a dubious food responsibility, brought with them the first extra-sports problems that generated discomfort within the club.

Injuries have been another constant in the trajectory of Dembele at Barça and that has led him to miss countless games during these five seasons as culé. Last year, one of the most regular physically and where he has reached a certain professional and personal maturity, he was not exempt from his repeated muscular problems. In total, in these four seasons and this start of the fifth, the Frenchman has only played 118 games of the 234 games the club has played since he signed. 116 games have been lost, 48.6% of the games. An atrocity.

Dembélé’s injury history

Enumerating and on the fast track, Dembele During these years, he has suffered a rupture of the tendon of the biceps femoris in the left thigh, another fibrillar rupture in the semitendinosus of the left thigh, a sprain in his right ankle, another ankle sprain in the left, an elongation in the biceps femoris of the left thigh , a muscle tear in the biceps femoris of the left leg, a muscle injury to the hamstrings of the right leg, a fibrillar tear in the left leg, another tear of the biceps femoris, a complete tear of the proximal biceps femoris tendon of the leg right, an elongation in the hamstrings of his right leg and the last this summer, a disinsertion of the biceps tendon in his right knee that forced him to undergo surgery and from which he is already recovered.

Dembélé Barcelona Ousmane Dembélé laments during a game with Barça last season. (AFP)

In total they have been 12 injuries to a lesser or greater degree that they have stopped over and over again a footballer who already tends to irregularity in his football. Even at its best last season, when it was most unbalanced, Koeman He ended up betting on the duo that they formed Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann, today both away from the club. During these years as a Blaugrana, in those 118 games as culé he has played a total of 6,824 minutes and managed to sign 30 goals and 21 assists in them. Figures well below those assumed for a differential player.

Its renewal, another odyssey

Dembele He is already practically recovered from his last injury caused with France in a match prior to the last European Championship. He has already trained with the group and will soon be available to Ronald KoemanWho knows if for this next stake against Valencia. The point is that the footballer is still elusive to his renewal with him Barça, with which the contract ends on June 30, 2022, so it will be free from January to negotiate with any other club completely free.

At Barça They have been dealing with the Frenchman’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, for weeks, who continues to put off the club with the renewal. The economic differences between what the Frenchman wants and what the culé club offers in this phase of financial readaptation of the entity are very different. It is the main obstacle at the moment. From the Blaugrana leadership it is believed that the agent is slowing down the renewal as a form of pressure and given the possibility of leaving for free and without leaving a single euro next year.

Dembele charges a pasture in the Barça, is one of the best paid at the moment after the numerous reductions that have been carried out in the staff. His salary is above average and the club wants to cut what it receives in the renewal, also hindering the bonuses for performance objectives. It will be necessary to see if in all this mess Koeman bet on him or carry out his threat and leave him in the stands until he renews. «Dembélé? First, that you renew your contract, because it is his last year and for the club it is important that he renew. Dembélé is a very, very good player if he is physically well. When he recovers he will be a vital footballer, “said the Dutchman at the beginning of September when questioned by the Frenchman. What a ballot.

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