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Ousmane Dembele says he met with Paris Saint-Germain before joining Barcelona

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Barcelona’s star winger Ousmane Dembele revealed that he met with Paris Saint-Germain before his eventual move to Barcelona. There’s no doubt Dembele was tempted by other clubs, but it’s revealing to see that despite doubts over the summer, Barcelona can still compete with any club when it comes to signing the biggest transfer targets in the world.

“I met [PSG president] Nasser [Al-Khelaifi],” he said. “We had set up a meeting. It went really well. He’s a great president.

”What struck me about him is that he is very humble, he’s calm -- I had never seen that. Honestly, he’s a good guy.”

Source | (Onze Mondiale via ESPN)

Apparently, Dembele had already had a chance to join Barcelona in 2016, but rejected them the first time. He also talked about going on strike to force through a move last summer.

“I had had a meeting with Barcelona. I had told them: ‘For next season it’s not possible, but the next time you contact me, I’ll come,’ and that is what happened,” he said.

”I had the impression I was missing out on my dream. I had the reaction that I had, I totally accept that.

”What did you want me to do? That I say ‘no’ to Barcelona a second time? That was impossible for me.

”I’m at a crazy club here, alongside the best. Every year, the club’s in the Champions League semifinals or the final.

”I would like to see how the people who criticised me would have reacted if they had been in my position.”

Source | (Onze Mondiale via ESPN)