“Ousmane Dembele has the caliber of a Neymar”

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Ousmane Dembele (24) is currently out due to an injury. If the Frenchman from FC Barcelona is fit, he doesn’t have to hide from superstars like Neymar, says Ivan Rakitic.

Ousmane Dembele is currently curing a hamstring injury sustained on his comeback for Barcelona in the Champions League against Dynamo Kiev. Ivan Rakitic hopes the winger can overcome his injury vulnerability. “I pray to God that he will not be hurt anymore, that he will find his rhythm,” said the Croatian international in an interview with the TV channel Bein Sports.

Rakitic, who played with Dembele for the Catalans from 2017 to 2020, rates the qualities of his ex-team-mate highly. “We saw it last season when he played at the top. He was very strong then,” said Rakitic, looking back on the past season.

“Ousmane has qualities that very few players have”

Rakitic compares the French to another former teammate. “He is of the caliber of Neymar or other players with this style,” said the ex-Schalke: “Ousmane has qualities that very few players have.” He could make the difference, among other things with his strength in dribbling.

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Dembele has now been under contract in Barcelona for more than four years. Again and again injuries throw him back. The winger is sometimes accused of an unhealthy diet and an unprofessional lifestyle.

Ousmane Dembele happy about the arrival of Xavi

Barcelona’s new coach Xavi Hernandez praised the tempo dribbler upon arrival and said he hoped the 24-year-old would extend his contract. The Barça coach also emphasized that Dembele could be the best player in the world in his position if he was fit.

Xavi’s words went down well with Dembele, according to Cadena Cope. The 2018 world champion is convinced that Xavi can be important for his career. For the first time since working with Thomas Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund from 2016-2017, Dembele is once again convinced that a coach can help him with his personal development.

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