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Didier Deschamps fires warning at Ousmane Dembele

Didier Deschamps fires warning at Ousmane Dembele

November 12, 2018 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Concerns about the winger’s attitude at his club side have been raised.

The head coach of the French national team Didier Deschamps has admonished Ousmane Dembele to improve his attitude amid claims of recurrent ill-discipline at Barcelona. The 21-year-old sensation has mostly been handed a supplementary role for the Blaugrana this season despite his marquee signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2017. This is as a result of his inability to consistently produce good performances as well as his knack of breaking club rules.

Ahead of Barcelona's 4-3 shock defeat to Real Betis over the weekend, Dembele was omitted from the team that played at the Camp Nou. Following the end of the proceeding, it was revealed that the Catalans were unhappy with the manner in which the ex-Dortmund star informed them that he was unfit to train on Thursday.

Despite Dembele's issues on the club level, he was included in the French squad ahead of the Nations League encounter with the Netherlands and the friendly with Uruguay. However, France head coach Didier Deschamps has asked the 21-year-old winger to change his attitude at work if he aims to have a successful career. 

"I haven't talked with the staff of Barcelona because I don't interfere in the daily business of clubs," he told a media conference.

"It's their responsibility and it's up to them to manage their players, on and off the field.

"Ousmane has been with us for a while. That's his usual trick to be late, but in his defense, I'm sure he'll say: 'I'm not the only one.'

"Whether at a big club like Barcelona, in the French national team or elsewhere, he has to pay attention to that.

"It's part of the life and requirements of a professional footballer.

"He must improve to prevent it from becoming negative. These are situations that can be repeated. The sooner he understands that, the better for everyone."

Ousmane Dembele has scored six goals in 10 appearances across all competitions for Barcelona this season.

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