Dembele pledges future to Barcelona

La Liga By: Ayodeji Tunde | 16/04/2018

FC Naija

Ousmane Dembele has failed to become an instant hit at Barcelona as many had expected but that nonetheless, the forward has vowed not to chicken out; insisting that he would be at the LaLiga giants "for a long time".

Dembele, 20, made a move to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in August last year for a reported €105million.

However, a hamstring injury derailed the France international's season early and he has managed just 12 league appearances – seven of those starts – this campaign.

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

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"I'm not going to leave after just one season," he told Telefoot. "I signed a five-year contract with Barcelona.

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

The planned arrival of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid in the off-season could further hurt Dembele's chances of game time at Camp Nou.

But Dembele said he expected competition for places at a club like Barcelona.

"It's Barca. It's like that. I'm glad that [Philippe] Coutinho has come in," he said.