The World Cup winner has endured his fair proportion of health setbacks at Camp Nou, however now insists he’s again in high form
Ousmane Dembele has admitted he was “very weak” after becoming a member of Barcelona in a €105 million (£90m/$125m) deal, however claims he’s now in peak bodily situation after placing his harm struggles behind him.
Barca invested a part of the record-breaking €222m (£191m/$265m) charge they acquired from Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar into prising Dembele away from Borussia Dortmund in the summertime of 2017.
The Frenchman initially struggled to make an influence at Camp Nou because of a collection of significant accidents, however the 23-year-old says he has bulked up with the assistance of the membership’s medical workers.
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“I need to work loads, to provide all of it on the pitch, however actually since 2017 I used to be very weak,” Dembele instructed Telefoot. “Now I’ve bodily modified and I really feel higher ready for the video games.
“This yr goes higher, I’ve improved loads in Barcelona, with the bodily trainers, the way in which of coaching, the way in which of getting ready for the video games, the whole lot has modified.
“Now I be ok with myself, regardless that I’ve struggled with all these bodily issues for 3 years. These are life experiences that should be taken with a smile.”
Dembele’s file at Barcelona
Dembele was restricted to only 23 appearances in all competitions throughout his debut 2017-18 marketing campaign at Camp Nou, and the next season was even worse for the World Cup winner.
He solely appeared in 9 video games in 2018-19, with hamstring, ankle and muscular points preserving the Frenchman caught on the therapy desk.
Dembele has, nonetheless, been in a position to rediscover his finest kind in 2020-21, registering eight targets and 4 assists in 35 outings.
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Dembele has performed in 109 video games for Barca and located the again of the online on 28 events, whereas additionally offering 20 assists.
Barcelona are hopeful Dembele will proceed to ship the products for a few years, with efforts now being made to tie him all the way down to a brand new deal earlier than his present contract expires subsequent yr.