According to SPORT, Barcelona right-back Sergino Dest is not satisfied with his performances so far this season. He believes he is capable of much more and wants to keep consistently improving for the team.
The American is extremely mature and very self-aware. He, himself believes that the defensive aspects of his game need more polishing and hence, is working to improve upon them everyday. He is reportedly studying through a lot of videos, about how to cover spaces better, set-piece defending and playing out from the back.
Dest joined Barcelona from Ajax last summer and has shown tremendous promise in his debut season for the Catalans. He is an extremely hard worker and is very self-critical, much like Frenkie De Jong, who also arrived from Ajax.
The young full-back is well aware that he is not playing to the best of his capabilities yet. Much like De Jong, who after needing a season to adapt has exploded into life, Dest needs more experience. Especially at Barcelona, where he knows that he has to consistently perform at the highest level.
The 20-year-old has already shown great promise offensively and seems to have gathered coach Ronald Koeman’s trust. He is becoming a mainstay in the Dutchman’s starting XI. His performance against Sevilla was another fantastic example of his ability, in one this season’s biggest games.
He has also struggled with a couple of thigh problems since the Supercup final, but has seemingly recovered well and is making great progress again.
There is no doubt that Sergino Dest is going to be a key part of Barcelona’s squad in the future. And with his brilliant mentality and desire to be better, the club is bound to benefit massively.
Report: Barcelona accept defeat in pursuit of Inter Milan striker
According to reports from Corriere della Sera (relayed by SempreInter), Barcelona have now given up on their pursuit of Inter Milan striker, Lautaro Martinez. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a phenomenal season upfront with Romelu Lukaku, and he is a hot prospect in Europe. He has several skills that make him suited to a team like Barça, who have been chasing him for over a year now.
Inter were initially demanding northwards of €100m for the striker before the start of the 20/21 season. With their financial struggles, the Catalan club were unable to cope with their demands. However, the rumours linking Martinez to Barça did not die down in the months that followed. This is due to the Blaugrana’s dire need for a striker.
The Garnet and the Blue have been considering several options, with the Argentinian striker being only one out of a talented bunch including Aguero, Depay, Haaland, and more. Martinez was hotly tipped to join Barça, apparently wanting a union with his fellow Argentine teammate Lionel Messi.
However, with Inter’s meteoric rise to success, and Martinez’ key role in the team, it seems that he is no longer going to leave the club. The Milan based club is head and shoulders above all other teams in the Serie A, and look set to win their first title in eleven years.
The Argentine forward has played a huge part in Inter’s incredible campaign, scoring fifteen and assisting five in 30 matches this league campaign.
Antonio Conte has done a brilliant job with Inter, and he has also developed Martinez into a phenomenal striker; one who can both score goals as well as drop deep and create the play. With his immense pairing with Lukaku and the inevitable success of Inter, it seems impossible that a transfer is on the card for the young striker any time soon.