What starts badly ends badly. Ousmane Dembele has become a rotten cherry in the dressing room. A talented player who has underdelivered. An immature sportsman with the mind of a child. A guy who won’t look you in the eye, hiding a conflictive and selfish personality. Barcelona paid more than he was worth for him and he will leave as the most ruinous signing in the club’s history. A disgrace who has never integrated. A mercenary who plays only for money.
The problem is that Barcelona have known this for a long time and have been incapable of solving it, recovering him. More than a coach, he needs a psychiatrist. He’s as selfish in life as he is on the pitch. His way of living is nothing professional, his bad diet led to a lot of injuries. He left Rennes lying to the board there and was a rebel at Dortmund to get his move. Then he destroyed the apartment where he lived. A bad guy.
With that history, you could’t expect anything from him, including his secret wedding in the middle of the season in an unknown location. And he’s got an agent, Moussa Sissoko, a disciple of Mino Raiola. In the last meeting when the club thought they had a deal he asked for a 45m euro sign on 30 for Dembele and 15 for him, as well as trying to make him the best paid player in the squad. Blackmail. They have gone too far.
Xavi’s words have counted for nothing, nor Laporta’s saying he was better than Mbappe. He plays for money and he has a couple of clubs willing to meet his demands. He can negotiate with anyone, Barcelona see him as lost. You can’t trust a guy who won’t look you in the eyes and lies when he talks.
What do Barca do now? Leaving him in the stands is like shooting themselves in the foot with the team already weak. Xavi said he was against that measure. Selling him in the winter would be good but the player doesn’t want to, leaving in the summer for free. Sacking him now could help to register Ferran Torres, but his agent rules it out under the pretext that he wants to finish his contract. The case has a bad solution.