Ousmane Dembélé has revealed he turned down summer time strikes to Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain earlier than agreeing to affix Barcelona.
The 20-year-old, who was enjoying for Rennes on the time, spoke to Onze Mondial and admitted he had met with PSG earlier than his transfer to Dortmund in 2016, and that golf equipment together with Liverpool have been focused on sealing his signature.
Dembele mentioned: “I spoke to 3 golf equipment: Dortmund, Liverpool and Barcelona. I had had a gathering with Barcelona. I had advised them: ‘For subsequent season it is not potential, however the subsequent time you contact me, I am going to come,’ and that’s what occurred.”
Dembélé finally joined Borussia Dortmund in 2016 and, when Barcelona got here again a yr later, he joined the Catalan membership for a charge of €105m – regardless of assembly with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
“I met Nasser,” he mentioned. “We had arrange a gathering. It went very well. He is a fantastic president. What struck me about him is that he’s very humble, he is calm – I had by no means seen that. Actually, he is a very good man.”
Dembélé additionally defended his resolution to go on strike forward of his switch as he tried to power a swap to the Nou Camp after Dortmund initially refused the transfer.
“I had the impression I used to be lacking out on my dream,” he mentioned. “I had the response that I had, I completely settle for that. What did you need me to do? That I say ‘no’ to Barcelona a second time? That was inconceivable for me.”
Dembélé has discovered his time at Barcelona stricken by accidents and has been restricted to only seven first-team appearances this season.