Dembele to leave Barcelona for PSG


Ousmane Dembele during the match between FC Barcelona and RCD Mallorca, corresponding to the week 37 of the Liga Santander, played at the Spotify Camp Nou Stadium, in Barcelona, on 28th May 2023.

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele will join Paris St-Germain, says Barca coach Xavi Hernandez.

The 26-year-old France international was an unused substitute in Barcelona's 1-0 pre-season friendly win over AC Milan in Las Vegas on Wednesday after telling the club he wanted to go.

"He says that he has this proposal and that he has decided to leave. It is his personal decision," said Xavi.

Dembele joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in a £135m deal in 2017.

He has scored 40 goals in 185 appearances in a six-year spell that has been affected by a series of injuries.

"I will be very clear," Xavi said. "He has been very direct, that he has a proposal from Paris St-Germain, that they have called him from there and here we cannot do anything. That is why he has not played today.

"It hurts me because I think we have taken great care of him here so that he is happy and content and continues to make a difference for us."

Dembele signed a new two-year contract at Barcelona last year after a season in which he provided the most assists in La Liga.

He was part of the France side that reached the World Cup final in December, but a thigh injury meant he missed most of the second half of the season as Barcelona won the title.

Dembele scored in Saturday's 3-0 win over Real Madrid in Dallas, the second of three games on their pre-season tour of the United States.

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