Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has claimed the team’s winger Ousmane Dembele is better than Neymar, the player he was signed to replace at Camp Nou.
Neymar quit Catalonia for PSG in the summer of 2017 for a world-record transfer fee of €222m, with Dembele arriving from Dortmund for €105m soon afterwards.
Bartomeu also discussed Philippe Coutinho’s progress with the Blaugrana.
“I explained that we have a project with Dembele and Coutinho with Neymar’s money,” Bartomeu told TVE in Spain.
“Dembele’s level is better now than Neymar’s, he’s a much better player than Neymar and he’s already adapted.
“Coutinho is a great player, excellent, he’s getting better and better. It’s not easy to play at Barca – he was here six months last season and he’s complete now. He has the confidence of the coach. He’s a global player and we expect a lot. from him.
“He will continue at Barca. He’s different and Barca needs different players.”