Dembele Reveals Why He Snubbed Dortmund Training To Join Barcelona (Read)


Dembele Reveals Why He Snubbed Dortmund Training To Join Barcelona (Read)

Barcelona’s new signing, Ousmane Dembele, has explained why he skipped training at Borussia Dortmund, to seal a transfer to Barcelona this summer.

Dembele has since completed a move worth €105 million to the Camp Nou and reveals that he was never going to turn down the La Liga giants after he snubbed them last summer.

“I’d been a professional at Rennes for just six months. Can you imagine? Just six months!” he told Sport when probed on why he rejected Barca’s advances.

“Of course [it was too soon]. I wanted to learn, play Champions League games, know what that competition was, to play a whole season with a big team, playing regularly, developing.

“I would have learned a lot in training but it would have halted my progression. Luckily Barcelona have come back for a second time and this time I could not let the train pass.”

Dembele also insists he has no regrets for forcing the move through.

“I was relaxed. It was a question of negotiation between Barca and Borussia. I knew I had to have patience,” he said.

“I decided to stop going training. I didn’t want to go. I looked for an excuse not to go. If it didn’t work out and I hadn’t done my part to get the move to Barca, now I would be lamenting the fact I wasn’t here.”


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