Ousmane Dembele is wanted by Liverpool (Picture: AFP)Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has dismissed speculation about Ousmane Dembele’s future, insisting the forward will remain at the club.
Jurgen Klopp is reportedly desperate to sign Dembele this summer, and is believed to have asked to speak to the youngster’s mother in a bid to convince the attacker to join Liverpool.
Barcelona paid £135.5million for Dembele last summer, but that has not stopped the transfer speculation.
Klopp may be working on convincing Dembele to quit the La Liga champions, but Bartomeu insists the Frenchman is going nowhere this summer.
‘[Philippe] Coutinho, Dembele are for us a big investment,’ he said.
‘They are very important players and we expect a lot from them. Coutinho probably in the last four months has been very active for the team.
Dembele scored for France against Italy (Picture: AFP)
(Picture: AFP)‘But Dembele is a very young player, a very talented player that we are, of course, expecting a lot from. He’s been demonstrating during the season that he’s a good young player for us.
‘But, of course, next season will be different. It’s not easy to play in Barcelona the first year because the model of football is quite different from the rest.
‘But after one year I’m sure we are going to see Dembele and Coutinho at a very high level.’
(Picture: AFP)Liverpool sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January, but the attacker had to watch from a distance as his former side made it all the way to the Champions League final.
Coutinho would have collected a winners medal should Liverpool have beaten Real Madrid having been an integral player during the Reds’ group stage campaign.
Dembele and Coutinho did not enjoy the electric start to life at the Nou Camp fans were hoping for, but showed glimpses of their talent.
Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of Dembele (Picture: Rex Features)
(Picture: AP)Much of Dembele’s season was interrupted by injury, but he still managed nine assists and four goals in 24 appearances.
Klopp has been following Dembele’s progress since he signed for Borussia Dortmund and forward reminded everyone of his talents with a slick finish against Italy on Friday night.
Dembele will represent France at the World Cup and will be hopeful his showing will prove to Barcelona he deserves a starting place in their side.
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