Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Dembele: I had to go on strike to seal Barcelona move

SoccerNews in La Liga 3 Sep 2017


Ousmane Dembele has no regrets about going on strike at Borussia Dortmund, saying such behaviour was necessary to force a move to Barcelona.

France winger Dembele secured a €105million switch to Camp Nou, signing a five-year deal, as Barca sought a replacement for Neymar following the Brazilian’s world-record €222m move to Paris Saint-Germain.

As his transfer edged closer, Dembele refused to train with Peter Bosz’s side – an act which cost him his place in the most recent France squad.

But the 20-year-old has no regrets, and says he would have in fact regretted not going on strike had the transfer failed to materialise.

“I was relaxed,” Dembele told Sport. “It was a question of negotiation between Barca and Borussia.

“I knew I had to have patience. 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.”

Dembele credited a pair of famous Champions League fixtures as sparking a long-held interest in the Catalan giants – their semi-final victory over Chelsea in 2009 and a quarter-final tie against Arsenal in 2010 in which Lionel Messi scored four goals.

“I remember two games especially,” he said. “One against Chelsea, when [Andres] Iniesta scored the goal to qualify for the Champions League final.

“When I see Andres now I remember it. I can’t wait to tell him. 

“And the other was a Champions League game against Arsenal. Barcelona had not done great in the first leg but in the second leg they produced a brilliant performance, with four goals from Messi. That’s when I realised Messi’s not from this world. It was incredible.” 



Soccernews.com is news blog for soccer with comprehensive coverage of all the major leagues in Europe, as well as MLS in the United States. In addition we offer breaking news for transfers and transfer rumors, ticket sales, betting tips and offers, match previews, and in-depth editorials.

You can follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/soccernews.com or Twitter: @soccernewsfeed.



Leave a Reply

Notify of
More More