Ousmane Dembele has long been linked with a move away from Barcelona, with Manchester United and Liverpool interested in his services, but the Frenchman now looks set to stay at the Camp Nou, with a new contract likely.
The 23-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular place in the starting XI since arriving at Barca in 2017, partly through injury and partyl through competition for places.
He is still not a guaranteed starter under Ronald Koeman, with 20 La Liga appearances and 12 starts this season, but he has become a more integral figure in the first team picture.
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo report that he now feels more important to the side under Koeman and he is ready to listen to a new contract offer that will be coming his way.
The France international is out of contract in the summer of 2022 and Barcelona have the option of cashing in on him this year or renewing his deal with the latter their preferred choice.
Dembele is reportedly keen to stay, although he will obviously wait and see what the offer is before making a decision.
While in and out of the team at Barcelona in recent years, Manchester United, Liverpool and even Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with a move for the forward.
‘Physically, when I got to the club I was very fragile,’ Dembele told UEFA.com. ‘When I was at Borussia and Nantes I was fragile. Here I have evolved a lot with the physios and fitness coaches. My way of preparing myself for games, everything has changed.
‘I’ve been a Barca supporter since I was a kid and to play at this club with the best player in the world is exceptional because to play with him is easy.’
Dembele has netted eight times in all competitions for Barcelona this season.