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Ousmane Dembele’s new Barcelona contract ‘includes £43.7m release clause’ for next summer only

Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele’s contract extension has been revealed to reportedly contain a release clause of £43.7m, which if paid would see the fee split between the player and the club.

The Frenchman has managed to resurrect his career at the Nou Camp since the arrival of Xavi as manager, despite it seeming that he would be on his way out of the club.

With off-the-pitch issues occurring during the second half of last season, it was believed that Dembele would leave the LaLiga side once his contract expired in the summer.

However, the former Borussia Dortmund forward proved that he can still be an important member of the Barcelona squad, as Xavi called him ‘an example’ to his teammates as he managed to re-find his best form again.

This led to him being offered a new two-year contract which he signed, putting an end to transfer speculation over his future.

It has now emerged that in his contract, it is stated that there is a £43.7million release clause in his contract that will only be able to be paid next summer, according to L’Equipe.

The report also states Dembele received a pay rise, despite many of the squad taking pay cuts during Barcelona’s current financial issues.

Dembele recently said in an interview that he had previously ‘wasted his time’ and is now determined to make up for the lost time.

He told RMC Sport in France: ‘I remember a meeting between Xavi and me in the month of December. I told him that I was going to sign my contract.

‘I was young like everyone else. But I managed to get out of this situation. However, not everything is as people imagined. From 2017 to 2021 I have wasted my time enormously. I’ve wasted five years of my life.’

‘I had a lot of hamstring injuries. If you don’t work, you’ll stagnate. You’re going to hurt yourself, if you don’t get stronger, they told me. With Koeman and Xavi, it got better. Since then, I haven’t had any injuries.

‘Fingers crossed, I will keep working. I’m fine, I feel good at Barcelona, I have the trust of the whole team, the whole club and I’m happy. Now everyone talks about football, it’s better.’

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