It is no novelty that haste is a bad adviser; the strange thing, however, is when someone covers their ears to hear good advice. When Neymar slammed the summer last, Barcelona was desperate to stop the football effect, but above all social, the goodbye of the Brazilian. Before Robert Fernández, the then technical secretary, signed Ousmane Dembélé Borussia Dortmund, in the club azulgrana received a warning. "It's pure talent, but be careful with Dembélé." It was not a council or an adviser either. Marc Bartra, who knew the extreme French of his time at Dortmund, did not want Barcelona to be deceived. They did not listen to him and the club paid 105 million euros (plus 40 in variables) for the French striker.
When he began to negotiate with Barcelona, Dembélé rebelled in Borussia Dortmund. The German club knew that Barca had money after Neymar paid his termination clause and got tough in the negotiations. He did not count Dortmund with the defiant attitude of the Frenchman, who began to force his way out. The winger did not show up for training without the German club knowing nothing about him. They fined him. I had already had a similar attitude at Rennes when I was 18 years old. "He has a lot to thank Dortmund and he had to show certain behavior", criticized Michael Ballack, ex-international with Germany. "Dembélé had the opportunity to make a name for himself in Dortmund. Here he became the player that Barcelona wanted to buy, "added Roman Weidenfeller, captain of Borussia. "That kind of behavior is not acceptable. Point, "said his coach in France, Didier Deschamps.
Dembélé's football was about to be polished, also his behavior. Those who know the route of the end that the coach Thomas Tuchel (today in charge of PSG) spent a lot of time to track the forward. Ernesto Valverde and his coaching staff have also spent hours working to talk with the 21-year-old Frenchman, but his attitude has filled the patience of Txingurri and his friends. It is no longer surprising to anyone in the Ciudad Deportiva del Barcelona that Dembélé is late for training, nor are his trips to Marrakech or Paris without the authorization of the club surprising. Messy in his lifestyle and in his diet, the club had to assign him a cook to prevent his diet from becoming exclusively junk food.
Little by little in the dressing room they got fed up with the attitude of the French player, only taking refuge in his compatriots, Umtiti and Lenglet. "We think that he is not interested in changing too much, many people have talked to him and he does not do anything different," they explain from the dressing room. The pull of the ear came first in private, then in public. When Messi broke his arm against Sevilla, Valverde did not choose Dembélé to replace him in the first match against Inter, neither in the classic, nor against Rayo Vallecano. In the place of 10, he played, from the start, Rafinha. "Any player can lose a ball. The question is what you do next: the reaction you have to a loss, "he tugged Valverde in the press room. And then, when it seemed that he was leaving purgatory, Dembélé turned her up again.
He was the last to appear in the locker room before traveling to Milan. Valverde did not take it into account and put him in the starting line against Inter. In the field it did not clash; the problem is outside the court. This Thursday he did not show up at the training. According to RAC1, Barcelona took an hour and a half to contact Dembélé. Once located, the French international assured that he was in a bad way and the club allowed him not to appear at the Sports City. "He suffers from gastroenteritis," the club later reported. This Friday did not fail in the Sports City Joan Gamper. However, he did not train with his teammates. "Dembélé has done specific work," explained Barcelona.
In the last market window, Arsenal became interested in the French, after a season to forget (he only played 1,130 minutes played after missing 27 duels due to injury) and a discreet World Cup (he played four matches, two of the starter). The London club offered 100 million. Practically the same as the club blaugrana had paid to Dortmund a year ago. At Barca they did not want to listen to the offer of the Gunners. Nor had they wanted to listen to Bartra's advice.