Barcelona B manager Gerard Lopez, gave his honest opinion about the delicate situation between Ousmane Dembele and FC Barcelona.
The whole situation with Ousmane Dembele has gotten way out of control by now, so much that even club members like Gerard Lopez have expressed their concern about the player.
Just this Thursday, there was a report of the French winger owing €20,000 to his former landlord in Dortmund, who rented him the very same house in which Jürgen Klopp lived before he left to Liverpool.
The reason for this situation was because the player left the house with several problems and never even responded for it, this is only one of many examples of Ousmane Dembele’s indiscipline that has sparked outrage within the Catalan club and major discomfort amongst the fans because they feel like the club signed him only because they wanted to cover Neymar’s exit as soon as they possibly could.
President Josep Maria Bartomeu made a terrible mistake by paying Borussia Dortmund €150 million for a player who had so many problems before coming to the club, it seems that now it’s too late for the club to pull back and selling him would mean having a loss of nearly €60 million because any offer that comes wouldn’t go over €80 million.
— Sr.Deportes (@SrNoticiass) November 15, 2018
The club has many authorized voiced that are currently sending him messages through any mean possible, the latest one was Gerard Lopez’s interview to L’Equipe that was echoed by Mundo Deportivo.
“Dembele is still not a world-class superstar, he is very young, he lacks experience, but he came to replace Neymar with everything that entails and a massive price tag on his shoulders.”
“The kid has carried the weight on his shoulders since he arrived in Barcelona. Adapting to a club is not easy, but he also has to adapt to a new country, a new language, and a whole new style of play which is very different to what he was used to in his previous club.”
“We also need to remember that in the last year, he was injured for the first four months after he arrived with a very serious injury. He practically lost a whole season.”
“He came back in great shape this summer, but the squad had a couple of bad results and Ernesto Valverde decided to change his tactical approach and he wasn’t going to sacrifice Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez just to let him play.”
“The good part about all this is that if he succeeds, people will forget everything that happened, they will love him and cheer for him. The fans at FC Barcelona have a short-term memory if the results are there.”
“Players like Romario, Ronaldinho, or Neymar weren’t the most disciplined players in the world but they were outstanding players.”
“People don’t care about what players do with their private life as long as they perform. If Dembele plays at the same level that the people expect from him, he will become an icon,” he concluded.
— Gerard Romero (@gerardromero) November 15, 2018
As far as his current situation goes, Ousmane Dembele’s agent and the club have been on meetings for the last couple of days and they have all been discussing what the best strategy for the player is.
The club still is reluctant to sell him because they are convinced that his skills should be more than enough for him to come out of this situation, but the player needs to start showing more commitment during training sessions and during matches, even if he doesn’t make the call-up list sometimes.
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