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Barcelona: Xavi breaks silence on Dembele-PSG move

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The French star has decided to leave Barca ahead of the next season.

Xavi has expressed his disappointment with Ousmane Dembele’s desire to leave Barcelona and complete a move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). 

Barcelona, fresh off their La Liga victory, has been focusing on strengthening their squad to perform better in the Champions League and avoid early exits. 

They have added players like Ilkay Gundogan and Oriel Romeu to their midfield and signed Inigo Martinez for their defence. However, they have also seen the departure of key players like Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba. Now, it seems Dembele is also set to leave, with PSG reportedly activating his release clause of €50m.

“Dembele has told us that he wants to leave,” Xavi told reporters.

“I am a little disappointed. He has a proposal from PSG and we can’t do anything. We can’t compete with the proposal made to him from France. This is the market.

“Footballers who do not want to be at Barça, they have to be let go.”

When Dembele joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, he was expected to be the future star of the club and potentially replace Lionel Messi’s impact.  Injuries, misuse, and some personal setbacks hindered Dembele’s progress. But he seemed to have his career back on track under Xavi last season.

Let’s see if he can regain his best form under Mauricio Pochettino at Parc des Princes.