Barcelona’s newest signing Ousmane Dembele say he is not feeling the pressure despite his huge price tag. He talked about what it was like to come to Barcelona, playing alongside Lionel Messi, replacing Neymar and more during his press conference.
Despite signing for the second highest fee in football history, Dembele is taking a positive approach to the move.
Indeed, the wonder of playing for Barcelona alongside Messi and Suarez was the main narrative of his presser, as well as framing his entrance into the club on a positive note as opposed to making about himself as a Neymar replacement.
“I’m very happy to play at the best club in the world and with the best players in the world. learn from the best players in the world like Suarez and Messi.
Since I was eight years old I watched Barca games and it became a dream, I watched their games, how they played, they won many titles, Champions Leagues, leagues, something I liked a lot.”
"[I feel] no pressure, no nerves. It’s the transfer market going a bit crazy. But I’m here to do my work well on the pitch and help the team," Dembele added.
“I don’t feel pressure from these numbers, in fact more than pressure it’s a pleasure to be here.”
“There’s a big difference between Neymar and me. Neymar is one of the best players in the world, I am very young. I’m improving day to day, trying to improve and to grow.
“I’m not here to replace Neymar. They needed a player in this position, they called me and I will give everything for this club. I’m 20, I have a lot to learn and that’s why I’m at this big club.
“It’s an honour and a pleasure to play in a team with Lionel Messi, I want to learn from him. He’s a great player, the best player in the history of football and I’m happy to grow in this team.”
Ousmane Dembele | Source: Sport
Keep up the positive pressers Dembele, and let the work on the pitch do the talking.