Jordi Alba says Barcelona have never had a problem with Ousmane Dembele in the dressing room. He said: “He is very important for us, everyone can make mistakes but in the dressing room there has never been a problem with Dembele. He is succeeding on the pitch and away from it he can improve but we are happy with him.”
Robert Pires says he wouldn’t swap Ousmane Dembele for Neymar. He said: “If I had to choose, I would not change Dembélé for Neymar. Ousmane is 21, plays with the left and the right [foot] with a lot of quality with the ball. He has a lot of potential, more than what we’ve seen so far.”
Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes who is on loan at Everton. According to a report in the UK, Spurs have become the latest club to show an interest in the Portugese midfielder.
Ernesto Valverde will give his players some much-needed rest over the holiday period. They will begin their break on December 23, and their European stars will not be expected back until December 30. The club’s South American players will return to training on January 2nd.
Sergi Roberto returned to light training after the draw with Tottenham. The versatile star has been out with a hamstring problem since the draw at Atletico Madrid but is closing in on a return to action.
Gerard Pique is being linked with buying FC Andorra. The club have confirmed they are in negotiations, and there is speculation the Barcelona defender could be about to acquire the fifth division side.