Dembele to stay in Barcelona

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Ousmane Dembele does not fear fierce competition for places at Barcelona and will stay at the club to prove his ability after a hard first season, the forward has told Telefoot.

The France global joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in last summer's transfer window, with the attacker reportedly becoming the world's second most expensive footballer behind Neymar.

The hugely talented winger joined Barcelona last summer for £97million but he saw his progress hampered by a hamstring injury and he has found it hard to command a regular place in the starting lineup since returning to full fitness.

Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele has dealt a blow to Premier League sides looking to sign him in the summer. "I'm not going to leave after a season", he explained, adding that he remains short of peak physical fitness. "I signed a five-year contract with Barcelona".

"In Barcelona I have a better lifestyle than in Dortmund".

"I'll be here for a long time".

But Dembele is still planning to prove himself at Barcelona, dismissing any suggestions he could leave at season's end.

"I'm not in my best form, but little by little, it's coming back".

"I was not living healthily in Germany but there I did not get injured and I have improved a lot this year in terms of that...so that has nothing to do with this season".

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