Ousmane Dembélé took advantage of his free time in between training sessions at Barcelona to join a recognised Twitch streamer's channel to play his favourite computer game and answer questions about his future.
The Twitch chat was swamped with fans of the Dembele's, asking him whether he'd stay at Barcelona this summer and if it was ready for the match against Sevilla on Sunday. "Yes, I'm going to stay - and I'm ready for the Spanish Super Cup match against Sevilla." When asked specifically about Arsenal, one of the teams linked heavily with a move for him this summer, the player only laughed and dismissed the possibility of leaving Barcelona.
Dembele didn't want to talk about potential incomings or outgoings at Barça, but he did admit that he'd love to play alongside Paul Pogba for his club as well as his country. For him, the biggest difference between Dortmund and Barcelona is "the heat" and the training sessions. Dembele was asked who he thought was the funniest person in the dressing room. "He left. It was Aleix Vidal. After that it's Pique and Jordi Alba." And the person he gets on with most is fellow Frenchman, Samuel Umtiti.
Messi is the best
When asked who were the three best footballers of all time, Dembele had no doubts: "Messi, Zidane and Ronaldinho." Specifically on his Argentine teammate, a person asked what was the craziest thing he'd seen Messi do in training. "The nutmegs. He does them as if they are his job."
As for Messi on a personal level he said he was "friendly, relaxed, but above all very good". He said that Messi is the best player in the world and playing alongside him would only help him grow and develop faster.
On the new signings he said Malcom was very good at Bordeaux and also speaks French. Dembele has already shared a dressing room with Lenglet for France. And on Arturo Vidal he said he had everything he expected.
surprised by riqui and miranda
Riqui Puig and Miranda have been the two standout performers from the Barça B side this preseason and Dembele had kind words for them. "Riqui is small but super strong. He's really good on the ball and he makes me laugh too. Miranda is very good."
Nothing is more important than playing. When asked about a preferred formation, the French winger said he didn't care if it was 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 as long as he was involved.
Dembele was also asked about his diet and whether he could eat a good hamburger if he felt like it. "Yes, every now and again, but we take a lot of pride in our diet and we're constantly being supervised."