Ousmane Dembele Changes Mind on Barcelona Exit Despite Strong Chelsea Interest

Ousmane Dembele Changes Mind on Barcelona Exit Despite Strong Chelsea Interest

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:05 PM
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  • Ousmane Dembele has told a fan in a viral video that he is happy at Barcelona despite contract renewal talks breaking down
  • Chelsea were the leading contenders to sign the former Borussia Dortmund winger with the club desperate for reinforcements on many fronts
  • Reports had earlier emerged that Dembele had rejected Barcelona's latest offer and was eyeing a move away from Camp Nou

Ousmane Dembele has sent out a strong indication that he intends to stay at Barcelona past this summer. Negotiations had reportedly broken down between the two parties with Dembele rejecting Barcelona's latest offer.

Chelsea were seeking to take advantage of the situation and swoop in on the French international but in a new video spotted by Sports Brief, Dembele is seemingly ready to re-enter negotiations.

In the video, a fan asks Dembele whether he will be leaving the Catalans this summer to which Dembele replies:

I am fine at Barcelona.

The new revelation is bound to be a big blow to Thomas Tuchel. Football London reports that the German gaffer had placed Dembele high on his wish list as he seeks to improve his attack.

New owner Todd Boehly is ready to sanction the move and reunite Tuchel with a player he worked with at Borussia Dortmund.

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Ousmane Dembele celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the friendly football match against the A-League All-Stars at the Accor Stadium in Sydney. Photo by David Gray.
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Chelsea will be hoping that Dembele's latest remarks are just a gimmick. Alternatively, the Blues will be hoping to bank on the dire financial situation to lure the 25-year-old from Spain. No official offer has been tabled yet.

Earlier reports had suggested that Dembele was ready to snub Paris Saint Germain and join Chelsea

Sports Brief had earlier reported on a contrasting development of Ousmanne Dembele getting ready to grace the Premier League after reportedly agreeing to join Chelsea, according to stunning new reports.

Dembele, who enjoyed a good run of form towards the end of last season, will join the Blues on a free transfer, with his Barcelona contract running down.

The 25-year-old had a number of options on the cards, including remaining at Barcelona and moving to French giants Paris Saint Germain.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)
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