10 Nov ‘We hope in his ability’ — Bartomeu backs Dembele as Barca prepare ‘post-Messi’ age
Accidents, sleeping in for coaching and inconsistent performances have seen the child questioned, however the team are completely supporting the French ahead
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has thrown his support behind Ousmane Dembele, stating that the club have’plenty of confidence’ in his gift despite inconsistent performances since the Catalan club prepares for life without Lionel Messi.
Messi, Barca’s all-time top goalscorer, has been with the team as 2001, graduating in your club’s famous La Masia academy prior to going on to assist the Spanish side into a unbelievable 34 decorations throughout his time at the first team.
The 32-year old might not be showing any signs of slowing down with regard to the on-area gifts, however, the time will eventually come if the Blaugrana can no longer rely on their superstar guy.
Barca have invested large in the past several decades as part of the post-Messi programs, bringing in the likes of Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong, also Bartomeu believes the foundations are set up for a new production of winners despite a shaky start to this 2019-20 season.
“At another two or three seasons our chief will be Leo Messi,” the team supremo informed The Associated Press. “But it is a fact there are several other young players that are coming players coming from overseas, but also players coming out of our La Masia.
“We are extremely happy because we’re planning this post-Messi era. Messi’s contract finishes in 2021, but definitely it is going to be the will of all parties involved — when he feels powerful and has the ambition — to expand his contract forever.
“I consistently make a contrast with Pele. Pele was a guy of one club… I don’t have any doubts that following Messi completes his career as a footballer he’ll stay linked to the club for the remainder of his life”
Dembele, signed as a replacement for Neymar, currently at PSG, hasn’t enjoyed the best of starts to existence in Camp Nou, together with disciplinary issues and trauma issues seeing his caliber contested because of a hefty transfer charge.
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Bartomeu, nevertheless, insists he has the complete backing of the club since they try to find the most from a guy who may go some way to filling a Messi-shaped hole later on.
“Arriving at Barca and triumphing is not simple,” the president said of the French ahead. “Coutinho’s adaptation was not so easy — he’s a world class celebrity but we opted to get a loan to Bayern Munich this past year.
“Ousmane has had poor luck with injuries but we’ve got a great deal of confidence in his ability.”