“He’s an important player” – Barcelona boss doesn’t want player to join Manchester United

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Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has insisted he wants Ousmane Dembele to extend his stay at Barcelona, amid interest from Manchester United.

The French star is set to see his contract at the Nou Camp expire next summer and Barcelona could be forced to sell the winger this summer to avoid losing him for free if he doesn’t extend his contract.

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Following Dembele’s late goal for Barcelona in their against Valladolid on Monday night, Koeman insisted Dembele is an important player for Barcelona.

“I would like Dembele to stay, he is an important player for us,” Koeman told reporters following the late victory.

“Today, he has shown that with his game and the goal. The key is that he has physically improved and has been able to play a lot of games in a row.”

Dembele has scored ten goals in all competitions for Barca so far in 2020-21 and appears on course to break his best return of 14 goals for the Blaugrana in 2018-19.