Barcelona president has no regrets of signing Dembele: ‘He will explode soon’

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says he is happy with Ousmane Dembele despite the French winger’s injury troubled seasons since joining the club. Dembele joined Barcelona in a €140m transfer from Borussia Dortmund but has failed to live up to the expectations due to poor form and injury problems.

The 23-year-old has missed over 60 games for Barcelona due to injuries, but Bartomeu insists he would sign Dembele again if he had to/ “If I had to do it again, would I recruit the same players? Of course I would. Some players followed Neymar‘s departure, such as Dembélé, who was unlucky with injuries”, Bartomeu told Mundo Deportivo.

“We will see how he will evolve six months after his (hamstring) operation. I am very happy, he is very young, he has a lot of talent and he will explode at Barça when he has no more injuries.” Dembele has been working hard on his return for Barcelona and it is expected that he will return to first team training ahead of their Champions League second leg match against Napoli on August 8.