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Barcelona present Ousmane Dembele (video + press conference)


Barcelona newcomer Ousmane Dembele has been presented by the club after successfully passing the medical.

The player has been going through official medical observation since the morning. He later signed the five-year contract alongside with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and was later presented in front of 17.000 fans gathered at the Catalan side home pitch Camp Nou.

The France international was then unveiled to the media in a press conference at Camp Nou news room.

“I am very happy to be here. I came here to win titles. I am looking forward to integrating into the team and I will do anything possible for that,” said the 20-year-old before being officially presented his Number 11 kit.

“I’ve been waiting for this dream to come true since I was eight years old.

“I know the 105 million transfer tag will be a pressure on me, but I am determined to give everything in. I always knew I was going to sign for Barca. It was an question of time only. I always knew I would be coming here.

“Neymar is one of the best players in the world. I have a lot to learn in my life. I still have a long way to be compared to him ,” he told while asked if he is afraid of expected comparisons with former Barca player.

“It’s going to be a pleasure to play next to [Lionel Messi]. He is the best player in the world. I am happy to be in the same team as him.

“I have already spoken to [Ernesto] Valverde. He is a very good coach. I hope to adapt as soon as possible.

“I enjoyed my first days at Barca. Camp Nou is an amazing stadium, Barca is a great team,” the 20-year-old shared his emotions.

“I can play both on the left and right. It depends on the manager’s preference,” Dembele noted while asked to mention his preferred position on pitch.

“I’ve been training my whole life using two feet. I don’t have a preferred foot”

While asked if any of his national team teammates will help him in adaptation process, the Frenchman noted.

“Me and [Samuel] Umtiti are very good friends. His presence is very important to me,” he concluded.