What’s next for Ousmane Dembele?

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Ousmane Dembele has been struggling at Barca (Getty)

It’s certainly not the best of periods for French wonderkid Ousmane Dembele as he’s constantly being criticised by his managers about his attitude.  

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde already made it clear to the forward of the consequences he would face if he doesn’t improve his attitude. The first warning came against Inter last October, where Dembele was sidelined throughout the whole match even though Barca were in desperate need of quality in attack with Messi out injured for that match.

Similarly, Dembele’s unethical behaviour led him to another snubbing from the Spanish manager. In Barcelona’s last home defeat to Betis on Sunday, the 21-year old wasn’t even amongst the substitutes.

The French forward didn’t train on Thursday without notifying the club staff and trained alone on Friday. Barcelona later said that this was due to Dembele suffering from a stomach ache. He then arrived late for the Betis match on Sunday where Barcelona suffered a shocking 4-3 loss on their own turf.

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Ousmane Dembele (Source – AS)

However, when asked about the rumours surrounding the 21-year old, Valverde insisted that Dembele’s omissions from the squad were not a punishment for his attitude problems.  

“The only thing we hope for is that he shows his talent every day,” said the Barca manager according to Football Espana.

“He’s a great player and we hope to see the best of him. I try to do what’s best for my team and club. Someone might play one game and then someone else the next.

“Internal issues stay internal. I make assessments that are for the good of the team and I take everything into account when making them.

“We want to help all our players improve. Everyone in the squad can be starters, knowing that after a spell without playing, they have to be ready.” finished off Valverde.

Nevertheless, the club still believes in him and till now are not intended to deprive themselves of his talent in the near future. However, Barcelona need to receive something back from the French having cashed out an impressive €145 million in 2017 for his service.

Despite the constant rumours surrounding Ousmane Dembele, France coach Didier Deschamps still decided to call him up for the upcoming international fixtures against the Netherlands and Uruguay.

The world cup-winning manager made some important remarks with regards to the winger’s situation and warned that there needs to be an improvement in his attitude if he wants to get back in form.

“Ousmane has been with us for a while,” started off Deschamps, “That’s his usual trick to be late, although in his defence I’m sure he’ll say: ‘I’m not the only one.’

“Whether he’s at a big club like Barcelona, with the French national team or somewhere else, he has to pay attention to that. It’s part of the life and requirements of a professional footballer.

Amid all this speculation surrounding Dembele, reports suggest the talented forward could be heading out of Barca in January with Liverpool reportedly ready to spend up to £85 million for his service. The reds now join Arsenal and Chelsea in the pursuit for the highly rated talent.

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