The French winger has a deal which expires in 2024 as it stands
Ousmane Dembélé suffered a bad World Cup ending with France. Despite everything, Xavi Hernandez considers him essential for the project as a player who can make a difference, and the Blaugrana club is ready to renew his contract that expires in 2024. The negotiations were not planned to be addressed until the end of the season, but now could be advanced to February.
The Blaugrana want to send a clear message of support to the footballer, betting on him for the future. Dembélé finally chose to stay once his previous contract ended, although there were many tensions with his people, breaking negotiations several times. Finally, a short contract was agreed with a low release clause.
At Barça they also believe that it is a good time to strike, because Dembélé might not arouse as much interest in the market now, so there would be much less interference in the conversations. Barça do not want to enter into any bidding war or start the next season without having renewed his deal, to avoid all the problems that occurred in the previous renewal. Now they can give themselves a peace of mind that, in a few months, might not be possible.
Dembélé has always made it clear that he wants to continue at the club. He feels comfortable at Barça and in Barcelona and his role in the dressing room has improved a lot in this last season, feeling more supported and respected. Barça understand that he is still a top level footballer despite the World Cup slump and proof of this is that, along with Lewandowski, he is the footballer most used by Xavi Hernandez in attack.
For now, Barça have not made any movement, although it is likely that they will summon his agent in February to start talking. In the event that an agreement cannot be finalized between now and the summer, Barça could be forced, again, to place him on the market, something that is not their plan for now.