Batomeu: Dembele is better than Neymar

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 20: Ousmane Dembele of FC Barcelona runs with the ball during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and CD Leganes at Camp Nou on January 20, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has set tongues wagging with his latest assertion that winger Ousmane Dembele is better than Neymar.

Neymar Jr enjoyed a trophy-laden spell with the La Liga Champions before completing a world-record transfer fee of €222m to PSG, which saw Dembele moving to Camp Nou from Dortmund for €105m soon afterwards.

However, in a recent interview, Bartomeu ruled out the return of Neymar after disclosing that Dembele is already a better player than the Brazilian star as well as Coutinho’s progress.

“I explained that we have a project with Dembele and Coutinho with Neymar’s money,” Bartomeu told Goal via TVE in Spain.

“Dembele’s level is better now than Neymar’s, he’s a much better player than Neymar and he’s already adapted.

“Coutinho is a great player, excellent, he’s getting better and better. It’s not easy to play at Barca – he was here six months last season and he’s complete now. He has the confidence of the coach. He’s a global player and we expect a lot. from him.

“He will continue at Barca. He’s different and Barca needs different players.”

Dembele has been inconsistent since joining the Catalans coupled with the injuries that has reduced his game time.

He may likely return to action in Man United’s game tonight after playing a part in Barca’s stalemate against Huesa over the weekend.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 18: Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona celebrates with teammate Jordi Alba after scoring his team’s second goal during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Barcelona and PSV at Camp Nou on September 18, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)