Sergio Busquets is confident Ousmane Dembele will overcome his troubles and finally deliver on the big expectations for him at Barcelona.
Dembele’s two-year stint at Barcelona has been somewhat of a forgettable one amid struggles for consistency. Injury and disciplinary issues have also dogged his time at Camp Nou.
The 22-year-old, who joined the Blaugrana in 2017 from Borussia Dortmund for €105m, has recently been reportedly lined-up for a potential trade deal in the club’s attempts to re-sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.
Although it’s understood Dembele would rather stay put and fight for his Barcelona future rather than return to his native France at PSG.
And Busquets expressed his confidence on the World Cup winner finally delivering on his potential ahead of the new season.
“He looks better,” said Busquets, according to Yahoo.
“We’ve been here for a few days and it’s a long season, but the way he has started is positive.
“Everyone has a hard time going to a new club, with a different language and a different philosophy.
“Hopefully everything goes better because he has a lot to give and we expect a lot from him.”
However, Dembele’s opportunities will likely come under threat following the €120m arrival of his compatriot Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.
“The signing of Griezmann is good for everyone,” continued Busquets.
“It will make us better as a team and will increase competition.
“The problem will be for the coach, who will have to choose [from a strong squad]. The important thing is to make the team solid. He’s fitting in well with the team, style and philosophy.
“The three new ones are integrating well, they are good team-mates. For us, it’s a pleasure.”
Dembele may get his first crack at proving himself to Barcelona on Saturday for their pre-match friendly against Vissel Kobe in Japan.