BARCELONA – Ousmane Dembélé has gone from being transferable to undisputed at Barcelona after having changed his eating habits and attitude to try to achieve his dream of succeeding at the Camp Nou, different sources revealed to ESPN.
The French international came close to leaving the Catalan team last summer when Manchester United considered his signing as an alternative to Jadon Sancho.
However, Dembélé asked Ronald Koeman for one last chance to show his talent and, since then, he has got down to work to achieve his goal and leave behind the injuries that prevented him from performing during his first three seasons at Camp Nou.
As ESPN learned, Dembélé decided to hire the services of a French chef specialized in nutrition for elite athletes and has started to follow a strict diet that combines protein with vegetables and red fruits to increase their performance.
In addition, the 23-year-old has changed some of his lifestyle habits to sleep better and leave behind the constant delays to training sessions and the lack of commitment that put his future in Barcelona in doubt.
However, Dembélé arrived at Barcelona in 2017 in exchange for 105 million euros (more variables) to try to fill the gap in Neymar but two operations and a series of injuries prevented him from demonstrating his quality.
The changes in his diet and in his life seem to have taken effect and Barcelona fans are seeing a new Dembélé this season.
The Frenchman has already played 30 games so far this year (19 League, five Champions League, four Cup and two Super Cup) and is becoming an indisputable for Koeman ahead even of Antoine Griezmann.
On Wednesday he started the comeback in the Copa del Rey semifinals against Sevilla FC with a great goal and the weekend also scored the same against the Andalusians to keep alive Barcelona’s options to fight for the LaLiga title.
Dembélé thus has the opportunity to improve his numbers from the 2018-2019 season in which he played 42 games (29 in the League, eight in the Champions League, four in the Cup and one in the Super Cup). In the academic year 2017-18 he participated in 23 games and in the 29-20 only in nine.
As ESPN reported, Koeman and Barcelona are delighted with the new version of the Frenchman and ESPN revealed last December that they are even trying to renew their contract, which ends in 2022.
The footballer is “very happy in Barcelona”, as explained from the club and now must wait until the new president is elected on the 7th to finish outlining his continuity at the Camp Nou.