Ronald Koeman: We have to accept and analyse Ousmane Dembele injury

The coach spoke on various topics after landing back at Barcelona airport

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Ronald Koeman arrived on Monday in Barcelona after spending some days in his homeland, including going to a Euro 2020 game and Groningen stadium where they paid homage to his father.

Upon landing back in Barcelona, he spoke to the media at the airport entrance and was asked about Ousmane Dembele’s injury.

The French winger seems set to be out for three to four months with a knee tendon problem.

“I can’t say much about it because it’s bad luck that he got injured,” said Ronald Koeman.

On whether Dembele would be there next season, the coach added: “In principle I count on everyone. We’re working on improving our squad and they are decisions that we have to take.

“We have to accept some things, look and analyse, but right now it’s the holidays and thinking about next season. There are some things you have to accept.”

On staying at the club after a protracted decision by Joan Laporta, he added: “It’s true it was a week, or 10 days, a bit uncomfortable for both sides, we had important meetings and the club, the president and I had a lot of excitement to take on next season, I hope with fans. There are things we’ve talked about and there is no problem.”

On Memphis Depay, he added: “He’s a very good signing, as are Kun and Eric Garcia. The rest, well, like all teams we’re working to reinforce the squad.”

On Messi: “I don’t know about Messi, the club are trying to reach a deal because he’s very important for the future of Barcelona.”



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