Ousmane Dembélé reacted to the attackers of whom he is sometimes the target from his detractors.
Just before the Clasico against Real Madrid, which he started from the start, Ousmane Dembélé gave an interview to BeIn Sports. An interview during which he discussed many subjects, such as his personal future, the difficult trials he had to overcome, the criticisms and also his new status in the Blaugrana team.
“The hygiene of life had nothing to do with my injuries”
As for the critics, Dembélé lingered on the reputation that has been stuck to him. That of a player who does not care much about his lifestyle. He claims that this is totally wrong, and that he is not paying attention to what might be said outside. “The hygiene of life is just the people talking, he proclaimed. The injuries that I had, it is not because of that. You don’t stay at Barca for four years with a poor lifestyle. I feel good since my return ”.
Since his return to the field last summer, Dembélé still seems more solid, and better equipped physically. He recognizes this transformation: “Yes, it’s true that I resist more. Clément (Lenglet) teases me moreover, by telling me that I must put more blows ”.
“I always kept a smile during my injuries”
The former Rennes player also spoke of the many downtimes that have penalized him since he arrived in Barcelona. It was complicated, but he says he never doubted. “I always kept a smile, even after an injury. I was very dejected after that of Dortmund. But 5.10 minutes later, I was already starting to smile and talk with friends. I told myself that this is life. There are trials in life, you have to overcome them and then work. “
“In the locker room, they nickname me Eto’o”
Today, Dembélé is one of the players who play the most in Ronald Koeman’s team. And his relationship with his teammates is at its best, especially with Lionel Messi. “Messi talks a lot, especially to young people, he noted. To me too, he gives me advice. In the locker room, they call me Samuel Eto’o because I play in pointe now. “
“I feel good at Barça”
Finally, the world champion spoke about his personal future. Nothing is decided yet, but he clearly wants to continue with the Blaugrana: “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. “