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Barcelona are ‘very happy’ with Ousmane Dembele, says agent

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But the Frenchman is aware he needs to improve

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Ousmane Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, inisists Barcelona are happy with the Frenchman who knows how to ignore the criticism which has been coming his way.

The 21-year-old has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons recently and was left out of the squad for Barcelona’s clash with Real Betis on Sunday.

France coach Didier Deschamps has spoken about how he’s frequently late, but Sissoko has now offered his view of the young star.

“Ousmane’s not reacting too badly. He knows how to shut out that criticism, especially when it’s unfounded.

“Having said that, he knows how to use it when it’s not, to react in the best way possible on and off the pitch.

“Ousmane is 21, plays for Barcelona, one of the biggest clubs in the world. He’s had a super start to the season scoring six goals and two assists. I don’t understand all the criticism right now.

“We’re aware there are things to improve, that’s for sure, it’s normal. But Ousmane is very calm, he keeps working.”

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Sissoko also dismissed speculation Dembele could look to leave Barcelona, with several clubs reported to be interested in his services.

“Not at all. Ousmane keeps working, he’s at a big club, he’s in the national team, and Didier Deschamps keeps calling him up. The national team coach reacts to everything that is said, but I’m certain he likes Ousmane a lot, otherwise he wouldn’t pick him.

”He’s right on regarding the player’s behaviour and their performances, so if Ousmane is with the France team now, it’s that he deserves it.

”I also had Eric Abidal on the phone, he’s very happy with Ousmane, he told me he’s training well. There are really no question to ask ourselves right now.”

Ernesto Valverde said his decision to leave out Dembele was not a punishment, while Gerard Pique spoke after the match about how the team have to make him realise “football is a 24 hour a day game - you’ve got to live and breathe it.”