Ousmane Dembele is better than Neymar – Barcelona icon

Barcelona have been rumoured to want to sign former player, Neymar Junoir, but club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said a statement that may mean otherwise, saying, Ousmane Dembele is a much better player than the Brazilian.

Ousmane Dembele (pictured, centre, behind Kevin-Prince Boateng) trained on Monday

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has claimed that Ousmane Dembele is now a better player than Neymar. 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 (centre) was also present as Barcelona got ready to face Manchester United

Philippe Coutinho then arrived in January 2018 and Bartomeu is adamant that Neymar has now been more than adequately replaced. ‘I explained that we have a project with Dembele and Coutinho with Neymar’s money,’ Bartomeu told TVE.

Former Barcelona forward Neymar pictured in Paris Saint-Germain training over the weekend

‘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.

Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal, Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique (left to right) during Monday's session

‘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.’

Messi was seen smiling on the eve of his side's quarter-final second leg at the Nou Camp

Bartomeu was speaking in the build-up to Barcelona’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester United.

Defender Pique also wore a grin on his face as the mood in the camp appeared to be relaxed

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.

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