Ousmane Dembele is ready to make up for lost years

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Ousmane Dembele

Mueez Ajao

– Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has spoken out on his first five seasons at the club, calling them lost years.

– The French winger arrived at the Camp Nou in 2017 for a massive fee from Borussia Dortmund but he has taken a long time to settle and only in the last year or so has he started to look like the player the Blaugrana hoped he would be.

– Speaking to RMC, the 25-year-old has reflected on his career so far and recognises he could have done things better. However, he’s still young and seems to be on the right path at last.

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– “I was young like everyone has been,” said Dembele when asked about his lifestyle in his first years at Barcelona.

– “But I manged to move on from that situation. However, it’s not like many people thought.

– “From 2017 to 2021 I wasted a lot of time. I’ve lost five years of my life.”

– The France international picked up a lot of injuries which frustrated his progress. It was suggested that these setbacks were due to not training properly.

– “I had a lot of hamstring injuries. If you don’t work hard, you’ll get stuck,” said Dembele.

– “You’ll hurt yourself if you don’t get stronger, they told me. With Ronald Koeman and Xavi that got better.

– “Since then I’ve not had any injuries. We cross our fingers and keep working. I’m good, I feel good at Barcelona, I have the confidence of the whole team, the whole club and I’m happy. Now everyone is talking about football it’s better.”

– Dembele also revealed that he knew he would renew his contract as long ago as December last year and that Xavi played a big part in that.

– “With Xavi’s trust, I felt I had to stay. I really want Barcelona to win the Champions League again, it’s been seven years,” said Dembele.

– “I remember a meeting with Xavi in December. I told him I was going to sign my contract.

– “Personally, winning the Champions League with Barcelona is my aim… winning titles, LaLiga Santander, the Champions League, that’s the most important thing.”

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