Barcelona legend says that Messi’s departure could help Dembele.
with a big contract from Dortmund but he has been struggling since he arrived but
thinks that he could find a bigger part in the team if Messi leaves the club.
He has only 91 appearances since he joined the club and this has made many people question his performance.
“I already commented sometimes that Ousmane Dembele is an excellent player with great skills, so he simply needs to stop getting distracted and focus on football and Barcelona,”
Blaugrana legend Rivaldo told Betfair
“He played a good match against Sociedad, has the resources to make the difference regularly and could even benefit from a potential Lionel Messi exit this summer to finally firm his name as a star of the team.
“He has brilliant football resources, can play with both feet, and has great personality, so, he just needs to concentrate and impress everybody.”
Rivaldo also thinks that De Jong can find more responsibility in the team in Messi’s absence.
“Frenkie de Jong scored Barca's goal in the Super Cup semi-final and it seems that he can play better as an offensive midfielder. While Messi is still around, he would probably play few times in such position.
“But this is good news for Ronald Koeman who might think about this option going forward, as De Jong seems to have a good capacity to get in the box and score goals.
“He already proved to have qualities but is yet to solidify his performances on a regular basis, so we just have to wait for him to become more consistent and confirm the good signs of this match in the near future.”