As he undergoes thigh surgery this week, Dembele has copped criticism from Elber for the way he engineered a move away from Borussia Dortmund last month.
"If a player wants to leave a team, the contract is worthless. He breaks it and leaves. Dembélé did this to Borussia Dortmund. 'I want out, I do not train'. It's not a good example for fans of the teams and, in addition, the footballers themselves lose that love that must be demonstrated on the pitch for their club," rapped Elber.
"For me, football has never been a job, I had fun playing. Obviously it is better if you make a lot of money but today they have changed things, of course there are still footballers looking to have fun, but they also want to win a lot of titles and matches."