In a recent op-ed for Mundo Deportivo, the legendary Carles Rexach has offered his thoughts on Ousmane Dembele, slamming the Barcelona board for appearing reluctant in letting go of the Frenchman despite his underwhelming spell at the club.
Rexach, who had spent 44 years at Barcelona as a player and a manager, questioned Dembele’s performances at Barcelona and the injury woes that plagued his spell at Camp Nou.
“After five years, after paying more than €100m, looking at his performances, would you sign Dembele for Barça again? How many matches did he play? How many goals did he score? What matches did he solve? After that, you ask yourself: Aren’t we more than a club?”
During his career at Barça, Dembele had featured in 150 competitive appearances for the club, racking up a paltry total of 32 goals and 34 goals. He also missed close to 130 matches due to injuries.
Rexach went on to cite Real Madrid as an ideal example, lauding their professionalism, even in the case of fan favourites such as Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the Dembele case, I ask myself one thing. What would Madrid do? Sometimes, you know that a rival does things well.
First with Cristiano, then with Ramos. At the time, they were gods with the fanbase, but the club stayed firm. For Ramos, ‘the offer expired.'”
Rexach’s scathing attack on Barcelona’s treatment of Dembele comes in the midst of speculations suggesting a potential agreement between the two parties. But the Spaniard admits he is glad he is not the one having to make such decisions.
“That’s why I’m glad not to be the one that will take a decision regarding a player that was not even half of what Ramos or Cristiano were at Madrid.
Whatever Barça decides, I hope it’s the correct decision. A solid ‘yes’ or ‘no’. It is too late to say ‘depending on’,” he added.