‘Ousmane Dembele is a much better player than Neymar’: Barcelona chief praises France star as Lionel Messi and Co train ahead of Man United clash
- Josep Bartomeu has said that Ousmane Dembele is a better player than Neymar
- Neymar left Barcelona in August 2018, weeks before Dembele joined the club
- Barca president Bartomeu said: ‘Dembele’s level is better now than Neymar’s’
- Dembele and Co trained on Monday on the eve of their game with Man United
The French speedster was signed in August 2017 with some of £198million that Barcelona raked in when Neymar left the Nou Camp weeks earlier.
Philippe Coutinho then arrived in January 2018 and Bartomeu is adamant that Neymar has now been more than adequately replaced.
Ousmane Dembele (pictured, centre, behind Kevin-Prince Boateng) trained on Monday
Philippe Coutinho (centre) was also present as Barcelona got ready to face Manchester United
Former Barcelona forward Neymar pictured in Paris Saint-Germain training over the weekend
‘I explained that we have a project with Dembele and Coutinho with Neymar’s money,’ Bartomeu told TVE.
‘Dembele’s level is better now than Neymar’s, he’s a much better player than Neymar and he’s already adapted.
‘Coutinho is a great player, excellent, he’s getting better and better. It’s not easy to play at Barca – he was here six months last season and he’s complete now. He has the confidence of the coach. He’s a global player and we expect a lot. from him.
‘He will continue at Barca. He’s different and Barca needs different players.’
Bartomeu was speaking in the build-up to Barcelona’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester United.
Dembele and Coutinho both trained on Monday as Barcelona’s players were put through their paces on the eve of their game with United.
The mood in the camp appeared to be relaxed, with Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi both pictured laughing.
Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal, Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique (left to right) during Monday’s session
Messi was seen smiling on the eve of his side’s quarter-final second leg at the Nou Camp
Defender Pique also wore a grin on his face as the mood in the camp appeared to be relaxed
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