Right in the middle of the whole controversy with Ousmane Dembele at Barcelona, club legend Carles Puyol wanted to send the French winger a message.
The current situation between FC Barcelona and Ousmane Dembele is quite complicated, the club has already expressed that they may want to sell him but Carles Puyol made one final effort to turn him around.
The problems that the ‘Mosquito’ is having right now are related with a lack of discipline that is related to his young age, he’s been getting advice from all his teammates and even from his National Team manager.
But perhaps getting a warning from Puyol himself might be the words that can make him realize where he is, not every player has the privilege of playing for FC Barcelona in their careers and almost nobody gets a direct scalding from Carles Puyol himself.
If you are too young to remember, let us tell you that you missed out on arguably the most disciplined FC Barcelona player of all time, he is also among the most respected figures of the institution and he even has the admiration of players who were his rivals throughout his career.
Puyol was part of a charity paddle tournament where he was seen playing alongside his friend Gerard Pique, one of Barcelona’s skippers today.
🗣 Carles Puyol: "I don't know how the dressing room works nowadays but it's clear that everyone must help Dembélé for the common good. Sometimes, when you're young, you don't realize what you have, where you are, and you let things escape from your grasp."
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When he attended the press after the event, members of the media wanted to know what he thought about Ousmane Dembele’s current situation and what the French player needed to do in order to reverse it.
“Dembele is young, I’m not in the dressing room and I don’t know the day to day,” he said to Marca reporters.
“The team have to help him because it’s not easy to adapt to the philosophy of Barcelona where everything is very different.”
“Here he’s arrived late to training and he must learn that isn’t good enough.”He has good teachers who will help him, but it will depend on his attitude.”
“It’s important that he reflects and thinks about things, because when you’re young you don’t realize what you are letting go.”
“In the management of a dressing room there are problems every day because there are many egos in there,” he added.
“We all believe that we are the best and we must play, and the job for the coach to choose.”
“The important thing then is the attitude of each player, because being ambitious is fine, but respecting the group is always above that.”
“I think he’s amenable and if he wants to improve and learn, he is in the best place.”But it depends on him.”
Carles Puyol (Barcelona legend): “Dembélé must reflect and think about where he is.” [via md] pic.twitter.com/GxyTs4UzLy
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Puyol was also questioned about Gerard Pique’s advice to the French youngster, the Catalan player told Dembele that he needed to start living football 24/7 and Carles’ reaction was funny as he recalled that Pique was also quite a troublemaker back in the day.
However, the former Barça skipper also remembered that Gerard is the one who brought his professional life in Barcelona a little bit of joy due to his lively personality.
“It’s great that Gerard finally understood it,” joked Puyol.
“It’s true that as a professional, you have to live football 24/7, if he says it it’s because it must be true.”
“But in all seriousness, I’ve always said that Gerard’s arrival has been very important to me because I really did live football 24/7 and you always have to leave a little time to enjoy life.”
“You have to find the moments to have a good time, which is something that Gerard taught me.”
“But it is also true that playing at the highest level is always very demanding and you have to stay focused in order to maintain the same level of performance,” he concluded.
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