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Dembele wins back Barcelona fans during home appearance

FC Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele was able to win back at least some of the fans at the Camp Nou when he made his first home appearance on Thursday since being ostracised by the club earlier this year. The French forward was brought in as a substitute during Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against Napoli in the Europa League, and he was able to get some fans to warm up to him again.

During the winter transfer window, it became clear that Dembele was not interested in accepting Barcelona’s contract extension offer. The club wanted him to find a new club as soon as possible in order to free up space in their wage bill. His refusal to leave despite the presence of lucrative offers irked the club, and he was dropped from the squad and appeared to be destined to spend the rest of the season without a single minute played.

However, manager Xavi Hernandez appears to have had a change of heart. After several weeks away, Dembele returned to the squad in the Catalan derby last week. On Thursday, he faced the home fans in the first leg of their Europa League clash against Napoli.