Koeman on the longer term of Coutinho & Dembele


Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has insisted that Phillipe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele may have necessary roles to play within the Camp Nou, supporting each gamers to succeed.

Barça dedicated over 300 million euros for enterprise to recruit Coutinho and Dembele from Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund respectively, however not one of the gamers have managed to justify their enormous charge.

Coutinho was restricted to simply 14 video games in all competitions final season as a consequence of a long-term knee damage suffered in December that later required surgical procedure in April.

After beforehand being loaned out to Bayern Munich, he was linked to a different all through the summer time however no golf equipment got here ahead and he has stayed on the Camp Nou. He has but to play like this this season when he regains health, however Koeman believes he’ll rediscover his kind.

“Even today, I am one hundred percent convinced of that [Coutinho] is a player with the level of success in Barça, says the coach to SPORT.

“I like him so much. The newest damage was a really robust blow for him and he has to recuperate effectively each bodily and mentally to come back again stronger than ever.”

Dembele has been in a similar situation. The Frenchman injured himself at Euro 2020 and underwent surgery on his right knee almost immediately, with an expected return at the end of October.

Dembele is ruled out until October after knee surgery during the summer / Quality Sport Images / Getty Images

The winger’s Barça career so far has been largely marked by a frustrating series of injuries, but Koeman hopes he will sign a new contract when his existing contract expires next summer.

“Firstly that he’s renewing his contract, as a result of it’s his final yr and for the membership it is vital that he renews,” Koeman defined when requested in regards to the 24-year-old’s future.

“Dembele is a really, excellent participant if he feels good bodily. He has an amazing one-on-one and lots of pace and might play on each wings. When he recovers, he can be a crucial soccer participant for the workforce. ”

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