Dembele needs patience from Barcelona, says Bartra

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Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra says his former club need to have patience with their €105 million signing

Barcelona must give Ousmane Dembele time to settle into life in La Liga following his €105 million move from Borussia Dortmund, according to his former team-mate Marc Bartra.

The France international completed his switch to Camp Nou on Monday, finally offering Barca a replacement for Neymar following his world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

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Bartra — who came through the youth ranks at Barca — believes Dembele is a great signing for Ernesto Valverde's side, but is keen that there is not too much expectation placed on the 20-year-old.

"Dembele is a pure talent, it's a great signing," Bartra told a news conference while on international duty with Spain.

"I know this from everything he has brought us last year [at Dortmund]. He is a very good player but he needs patience.

"He is very young and he cannot be compared to anyone - Neymar is among the best three players in the world."

Dembele may have seen Barca as the better move for his career, but Bartra is very happy at Signal Iduna Park after struggling to hold down a regular first-team spot with the Catalan giants.

"I have had a year in Germany in a very competitive and intense league," the central defender added.

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"I stepped into this, into a club that needs me to be in the team. It's a very important year and I'm in the right place for me.

"It is perfect to continue growing and continue doing the work that can lead me to the national team. I'm on the right path."


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