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I am very fortunate to have trained Dembele – Tuchel

Fri 21 January 2022 | 19:07

Chelsea coach praises Barcelona’s “top level’ forward.

Ousmane Dembele

, whose contract with

Barcelona

expires at the end of the season, is on the verge of leaving the Spanish side.

Barcelona sporting director Mateu Alemany said on Thursday the two parties have not been able to reach agreement on a contract extension and Dembele should leave the club

"immediately"

as he has not shown proper commitment.

The Frenchman later reacted to Alemany’s comments, saying he would not be

"giving in to any blackmail"

.

Dembele’s stint at Barca has not been ideal, as the player has been struggling with a series of injuries since joining the Spanish giants in the summer of 2017.

Although Dembele has failed to live up to the expectations,

Chelsea

boss Thomas Tuchel, who worked with the 24-year-old in Borussia Dortmund in 2016, showed his admiration towards the France international, saying his former player is a top-level footballer.

"He is a very good player when he is at his top level,"

Tuchel said.

"I am very fortunate to have trained him in my time at Dortmund.

"It was only one year; it should have been longer. I needed to leave and he decided to leave. From there we are not in closest contact.

"We met here and there because of his duties for the French national team and of course I was in Paris so this was more or less when they were preparing for national duties."


source: SportMob

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