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Thomas Tuchel clarifies Ousmane Dembele’s feelings after agent’s ‘crucial’ meeting in London

Ousmane Dembele played under Thomas Tuchel for a year at Borussia Dortmund before the two parted ways and it’s been reported that the Chelsea boss is keen on a reunion.

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Ousmane Dembele’s agent has reportedly held a ‘crucial meeting’ in London, fueling speculation that Chelsea are in talks with the Barcelona star.

The Frenchman is up for sale in January as the Spanish side are adamant they won’t allow him to leave as a free agent this summer with his contract expiring.

Dembele suffered a dismal injury-riddled spell at the Nou Camp after sealing a £120million move from Dortmund.

The 24-year-old played under Tuchel for a year at Signal Iduna Park before the duo broke up and it has been reported that Chelsea were one of his potential suitors.

And according to Barca Times editor Shay Lugassi, Dembele’s agent is now in London to hold a ‘crucial meeting’ as he tries to resolve his client’s future before the transfer window closes. .

Thomas Tuchel and Ousmane Dembele worked together at Dortmund


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Tuchel has praised Dembele and is stunned that he finds himself in this situation.

“He’s a very good player, and I’m very lucky to have coached him during my time at Dortmund. It was only a year, it should have been longer, but I needed to leave. and he decided to leave,” the German said.

“We are not in close contact, we met here and there because of his duties for the France team when I was in Paris. We exchanged messages. I have absolutely no idea why he is in this situation, I don’t know the details, so it’s better not to talk.”

Dembele’s wage demands are proving to be a stumbling block in the negotiations as he remains a Barcelona player with Deadline Day approaching.

And former Manchester United player Luke Chadwick believes no team in the world will give him the type of salary he is currently receiving.

Either way, he doesn’t think Dembele would be suitable for Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to CaughtOffside, Chadwick said: “He’s a hugely exciting player when fit – great speed, balance, skill on the ball. But with his salary demands, I’d be surprised if anyone in football world gave him that.

Thomas Tuchel was full of praise for Dembele


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“He needs to find a level of consistency and find a club where he stays for a while. He would be an exciting signing for the Premier League, and this next move is hugely important to him.

“Obviously that previous relationship (with Tuchel) always helps a lot. I think in terms of Chelsea’s form of play, I’m not sure it would suit him. They don’t tend to play with pure and hard is more inverted wide men.

“I’m not sure the form suits him, but maybe a player like that comes in, you change form to suit him. Overall, I’m not sure I see Dembele at Chelsea.”

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