The French Barça winger has revealed he has a new nickname in the Catalan club’s locker room.
Ousmane Dembélé spoke about his relationship with Leo Messi within FC Barcelona. The Frenchman reveals at the microphone of beIn Sports, that he has recovered a new nickname since he moved to the forefront under the aegis of Ronald Koeman.
“Messi talks a lot, especially to young people, reveals Dembélé. To me too, he gives me advice. In the locker room, they call me Samuel Eto’o because I play in pointe now. “
⚽ @Dembouz spoke exclusively to beIN SPORTS before the Clasico!
👉 His relationship with Lionel Messi
🎙 “Messi gives confidence to young people, he helps us a lot, he gives me advice” pic.twitter.com/RV7qDvkrET
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In this new role, Dembélé says he had to grasp several subtleties, always with the benevolence of Leo Messi, who seems to assert himself in the role of mentor to the former Rennais.
“I’m going a little deeper to free up a little more space for Messi and Griezmann. When Messi has the ball you have to run races, you have to ask for it.”
It was during a match against Sevilla that Dembouz discovered this new position at the forefront of Barça:
“Against Sevilla who play high, Messi said to me: ‘when I have the ball, go deep, I’ll put it to you'”, reveals the international tricolor, who had scored in this match.
With 2 shots and only 33% of duels won in FC Barcelona’s 2-1 defeat on Saturday in Madrid against Real, Ousmane Dembélé has shown that he still has a lot to learn in this new role, he who was muzzled by Madrid’s defense.
Learn yes, but still at Barça: “I still have a year of contract. There hasn’t been a discussion with the club yet, I’m happy, and I feel good. There is the new president who has arrived and whom I do not know too well, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes. “
Scorer of FC Barcelona 130 times in 199 games, Samuel Eto’o wore the colors of Barça between 2004 and 2009 The nickname given to Dembélé is therefore most honorable.