Ousmane Dembele left Borussia Dortmund for Barcelona in acrimonious circumstances, and now one of his former team-mates at Westfalonstadion has scorned him for the same
Ousmane Dembele had to go great lengths to force a move to Barcelona. He deliberately missed training sessions and boycotted matchday squads. Dortmund weren’t ready to sell the midfielder despite offers from Barcelona, but the Frenchman went against their will and the former eventually had to give in.
This certainly didn’t go down well at Dortmund, and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller has come out to criticize his conduct in trying to seek the move. “That’s not the way to leave a club,” the goalkeeper said of Dembele’s departure. “It caused an unbelievable unrest and nobody could calm down.”
Dembele had only joined the Yellow Brigade the summer before from Ligue 1 side Rennes. Then 19, he went on to impress in the lone season, scoring 10 goals in 49 appearances and also helping them win the DFB Pokal cup. The Blaugrana soon came calling, and he was never to be seen in a yellow shirt again.
“Dembele was given the opportunity to make a name for himself at Dortmund at the age of 19. Here, he developed into a player that Barcelona wanted to buy. But instead of being grateful, he left the club, staying at home, striking and letting his team-mates down. That’s just bad style – no manners,” the German shotstopper further slammed.
Barcelona reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for a hefty €105 million on 25th August, tying Dembele to a five-year deal with an additional €40 million on add-ons. The 21-year old saw his debut season in Spain curtailed with a hamstring injury he sustained in only his second appearance for the club. But in his appearances in the recent games, has gone to show promising signs.
Overall, Dembele has had a hand in 10 goals in 20 appearances this season – scoring four times and assisting another six.
Well, there’s no disputing Weidenfeller’s assessment of the transfer. What Dembele did might have bordered on unprofessionalism, and it admittedly roughed Dortmund up the wrong way.