- Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde insists he is happy with Ousmane Dembele
- Reports in Spain suggested the Catalan giants were concerned with his lifestyle
- The club provided him with a chef amid reports he was reliant on fast food
- However, the Barcelona boss denied concerns after their win on Wednesday
Sam Mcevoy For Mailonline
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has denied reports that the club are concerned about Ousmane Dembele’s lifestyle away from the pitch and has insisted he’s happy with the winger.
Since arriving last summer for a huge £97million, the Frenchman has been plagued by injuries and is yet to showcase why the Catalan giants paid Borussia Dortmund such a large sum of money for the 20-year-old.
Following his move from Germany, a report from a Spanish radio stationCadena SER claimed that the club were concerned with his eating and partying habits but Valverde dismissed any notion that Barcelona are unhappy with the player.
Ernesto Valverde has denied that Barcelona are concerned with Ousmane Dembele’s lifestyle
The Barcelona boss insists he is happy with the Frenchman since his £97m move last summer
When asked about any lifestyle issues among the players, Valverde appeared confused by the question.
‘This question surprises me a bit. All of the players off the field are the most professional in the world to perform on Sunday and in the case of Dembele, they use trusted people, nutritionists,’ Valverde told reporters.
‘We are happy with him and he is going to help us a lot.’
Valverde was content with Dembele’s performance in Wednesday’s cup win over Espanyol
The Barcelona boss was also content with Dembele’s performance in their penalty-shootout victory over Espanyol in the Catalonia Super Cup on Wednesday.
‘He tried to get involved in play and has worked on individuals moves and it is useful for use. Little by little.
‘We hope that he translates that into Liga games.’