Barcelona’s rule for Dembele: Ousmane Dembele has been vital for Barcelona in past few weeks, but his problems with being late are still an issue.
Barcelona are at the top of the league at the moment. Ernesto Valverde’s side is three points clear of the second-placed Sevilla.
Ousmane Dembele has been playing a key role for the side in the last few weeks, as he scored a goal against Espanyol in the season’s first Catalan derby last weekend, and netted past Hugo Lloris to secure a draw for the side in the Champions League on Tuesday.
However, his training routine has been a constant issue for Barcelona, and Ernesto Valverde joked about it after the draw against Tottenham.
“I do not know that tomorrow, we have a training,” Valverde funnily replied when asked if the troubles with Ousmane Dembele are over.
And according to Marca, Barcelona has now made a new rule to stop Ousmane Dembele from arriving late to the training.
Barcelona rule for Dembele:
Barcelona have taken extreme steps to ensure Dembele doesn’t come late to training. According to Marca, Barcelona will not allow the French youngster to turn his phone off.
Ahead of the Champions League game against Tottenham, it was reported that Dembele arrived at training two hours late, which has significantly raised concerns among the Barca staff.
Ousmane Dembélé has been banned from turning off his phone by Barcelona after once again turning up two hours late to training on Sunday. 📱
According to reports, he stays up into the early hours of every morning playing video games and watching TV series. 🎮 pic.twitter.com/SajtJKjFQs
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) December 15, 2018
They have taken the step to ensure they can reach out to the 21-year old youngster if he oversleeps again.
It has also been claimed that Ousmane Dembele has been suffering from a gaming disorder. He is not the first footballer to have an addiction for online games, however. Mesut Ozil has also been claimed to be missing games for Arsenal due to his addiction to online gaming.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 11, 2018
Barcelona stars, such as Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique, as well as France’s head coach Didier Deschamps have spoken in public about Dembele’s situation at Barcelona.
Barcelona’s general manager Pep Segura, meanwhile, stated that it is a ‘normal situation’ for the player.
“It’s a normal situation for a young player with a lot of talent who has arrived at a club as big as Barca, full of great players.
🔕 It’s forbidden for Ousmane Dembélé to turn off his phone or put it on silent mode at night, as the club plans on calling him in the mornings to avoid him being late for future training sessions. [MARCA, 🥈]
— Omar 🎗️ (@Deninstagram) December 14, 2018
“He had never experienced that before and there’s an adaptation process that he has to go through.”