Barca Star Reveals Why He Went On Strike To Force Transfer
FC Barcelona Star Reveals Why He Went On Strike To Force Transfer
One of FC Barcelona's record signings forced his move to the Catalan giants by going on strike at his previous club, and he has now explained his actions.
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Ousmane Dembele joined the Blaugrana in a €105 million (R1.5 billion) transfer in August 2017, with reports suggesting the fee could rise to €140 million (R2 billion) due to performance-based add-ons.
However, the 20-year-old left a bitter taste in previous employers Borussia Dortmund's mouths after going on strike in order to force the mega transfer.
"What else should I have done, reject Barcelona a second time? That would have been impossible for me," Dembele told Onze Mondial.
"I'd like to know how the people who criticise me would have behaved if they had been in my position.
"I had the impression that I would miss the fulfilment of my dream, which is why I behaved like that, I will not hide from it."
Barcelona attempted to sign the Frenchman in 2016, but he decided it would be best for his career to go to Germany instead of Spain at the time.
He scored 10 goals and assisted another 22 strikes in 50 games for Dortmund, but has struggled to live up to expectations at the Camp Nou, where he is yet to score following a long injury lay-off.
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