KEY POINTS

  • Ousmane Dembele is willing to wait on Barcelona for a new offer
  • Dembele praises Lionel Messi and calls him a "good leader"
  • The French player is now focusing on the European Championships

Barcelona needs to push itself if it wants to keep its top stars beyond this season.

One player that they reportedly plan to strengthen their hold on is Ousmane Dembele.

The summer transfer window is fast approaching although the French player has a contract that is tied until 2022 at Camp Nou.

As far as the 24-year-old player is concerned, there is no cause for alarm. For now, he is focusing on the European Championships with France and taking a much-needed break after a long season.

"We will meet with Barca. I still have time, there's no rush [for me] or for them, we will see what happens,” Ousmane stated. "Firstly, I am completely focused on the European Championships with France and then I will go on holiday. It has been a long season."

However, Barca is not that calm on the matter. The club wants to know where they stand and the French players are not the only issue they have to address.

There is also the case of Lionel Messi who is headed to free agency.

Doble Amarilla reported that the 33-year-old has agreed to stay with Barcelona for at least two more years before making move to the United States.

Under the agreement, Messi’s new pact will span for 10 years. The first two will be at Barcelona, while the succeeding two will be for Inter Miami where he will also serve as an “institutional ambassador” for Barcelona.

The final six years will not see him as a player but only as an ambassador.

On the front foot: Ousmane Dembele set France on the way to victory with the opening goal in Kazakhstan On the front foot: Ousmane Dembele set France on the way to victory with the opening goal in Kazakhstan Photo: AFP / FRANCK FIFE

Speaking of Messi, Dembele shared his thoughts on playing alongside the Argentine forward.

Dembele thinks highly of Lionel Messi and reveals that both have gotten along since day one.

"We get on very well. I am next to him in the dressing room. He's a good guy, a leader, he's open, talks a lot. I have got on well with him from the first day,” he said. "There's no pressure playing with him, he gives a lot of advice on the pitch."