Dembele, 20, made a move to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in August previous year for a reported €105million.
Just seven of his 12 La Liga appearances this season have been starts, while the 20-year-old has started on the bench for three of his team's last four competitive outings, including both legs of the Champions League quarterfinal exit at the hands of Roma.
"I'll be here for a long time".
"I'm not in my best form, but little by little, it's coming back".
In a somewhat depressing turn of events, it looks like Andres Iniesta is set to end his impeccable 22-year association with Barcelona at the end of the season.
"I'm not going to leave after just one season", Dembele told Telefoot. "I still have to work on my cardio, because I get exhausted very quickly", added the French winger.
The arrival of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid in the off-season could further hurt Dembele's chances of game time at Camp Nou.
There were whispers of retirement initially, but now it seems the smart money is on the midfielder seeing out his playing days in the lucrative Elysian Fields of the Chinese Super League, with several clubs said to be vying for his services.