The Dutchman heaped reward upon the Frenchman after seeing him rating an necessary profitable purpose in opposition to Actual Valladolid
Ronald Koeman has insisted that Manchester United-linked winger Ousmane Dembele is an “necessary participant” for Barcelona and he “would really like him to remain” at Camp Nou.
Dembele was touted for a transfer away from Barca final summer season amid reported curiosity from United, however has since managed to place his damage troubles behind him and turn into a key member of Koeman’s squad.
Though the Pink Devils have been tipped to reignite their pursuit of the France worldwide when the switch window reopens, Koeman has no plans to sanction his departure having seen his “high quality” shine by after an prolonged run of video games.
What’s been mentioned?
Talking after his workforce’s essential 1-0 La Liga victory over Actual Valladolid on Monday, which noticed Dembele seize a dramatic late winner, Koeman informed reporters: “He is an necessary participant.
“He is proven that along with his efficiency right here and above all with the purpose that gave us three factors. Ousmane’s growth this season has been actually good.
“Bodily, he is improved quite a bit; I believe that is been the important thing to his high quality and consistency to play so many video games. So, sure, if it is as much as me, I would really like him to stick with us.”
Dembele retains Barca’s title hopes alive
Atletico Madrid gifted their rivals the possibility to shut the hole on the high of the Liga standings after dropping to Sevilla on the weekend.
Actual Madrid moved to inside three factors of their neighbours by beating Eibar, and Barca are actually solely some extent behind Diego Simeone’s males following their win in opposition to Valladolid.
Nevertheless, Koeman’s workforce had been removed from convincing throughout their first outing after the worldwide break, with Dembele requested to steer the road alongside Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.
Each groups hit the woodwork within the first half however possibilities had been at a premium earlier than Oscar Plano was despatched off for a harmful sort out on Dembele with 11 minutes left to play.
The 23-year-old picked himself to fireplace residence the one purpose of the sport in stoppage time, volleying into the online after latching onto Ronald Araujo’s flick-on.
Dembele’s document at Barca
Barca severely thought-about slicing their losses on Dembele final yr, because of the reality the World Cup winner had largely did not reside as much as his £122 million ($169m) price ticket following his 2017 change from Borussia Dortmund.
A string of great accidents served to restrict his contribution, however his total document for the Blaugrana makes for a lot extra spectacular studying after his exploits within the 2020-21 marketing campaign.
Dembele has hit 29 targets in 100 video games for the membership so far, together with 10 this season, and has additionally laid on 20 assists for his team-mates.
The previous Dortmund star is approaching the ultimate yr of his contract, however it’s now being reported that Barca will prioritise tying him right down to contemporary phrases in an effort to push back potential suitors equivalent to United.