Barcelona general manager backs Ousmane Dembele to overcome 'difficult' start

La Liga correspondent Sid Lowe and the FC crew weigh in on the drama surrounding Ousmane Dembele at Barcelona and his hyperlinks to Liverpool.

Barcelona general manager Pep Segura has admitted that Ousmane Dembele is struggling to settle however insists the membership will stick by the France ahead.

Dembele, 21, was ignored of Barca’s squad for final weekend’s loss to Real Betis after failing to flip up for coaching as a result of he had a abdomen bug.

Sources have informed ESPN FC that the membership have grown involved over a few of his unhealthy habits and France coach Didier Deschamps stated this week that he usually has issues with punctuality.

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Teammate Gerard Pique has additionally stated Dembele should find out how to be extra skilled, however pledged to assist him and that Barca plan on doing the identical.

“There is no downside with Dembele,” Pep Segura, who confirmed assembly with the ahead’s brokers earlier this week to focus on latest occasions, informed Cadena Ser.

“It is a regular scenario for a younger participant with numerous expertise who has arrived at a membership as huge as Barca, full of nice gamers. He had by no means skilled that earlier than and there is an adaptation course of that he has to undergo.

“He is actually younger and he is by no means had to stand up to modify to a enjoying fashion like ours. We admit he is discovering it troublesome. He additionally recognises that. What we’re doing is working as arduous as potential in order that he can adapt in the absolute best means.”

Ousmane Dembele was ignored of Barcelona’s first crew for his or her loss towards Real Betis.

Dembele’s Camp Nou issues have seen him linked with a transfer away from the membership. Liverpool have reportedly made a proposal, however Segura knocked again that suggestion, saying he isn’t on the market.

“As of right this moment we’ve no gives for Dembele and we’ve no plans to change the construction of the squad,” he added.

Nonetheless, Barca are weighing up potential signings — both for January in the summertime.

Sources have informed ESPN FC that Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt is a precedence with midfielder Frenkie de Jong, additionally of Ajax, and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba additionally being thought-about.

“In general, we’ll at all times want gamers like De Jong as a result of that is the profile we would like,” Segura stated when requested if the membership have been extra seemingly to transfer for the Dutchman or Pogba.

“However we have at all times had gamers with traits not essentially loyal to what the membership calls for, like [Seydou] Keita, who’ve added that steadiness that you just want to struggle for each competitors. And the largest competitions, just like the Champions League, require gamers with completely different profiles increasingly.”

Segura additionally touched on the potential return of Neymar. He says bringing the Brazilian again is just not at the moment an possibility, however did not fully shut the door on what can be a sensational return.

“It is a difficulty which isn’t on the desk proper now,” he stated. “I’ve already stated that no younger participant that leaves for cash will return. We stand by that. However the circumstances with Neymar are completely completely different.”



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