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Montanier: Dembele the present and future of Barcelona

Philippe Montanier has urged Barcelona to stick with Ousmane Dembele.

Montanier coached Dembele at Rennes before the striker was sold to Borussia Dortmund.

He told Cadena COPE: "It was normal the first season, because he is a very young player. He needed a bit of adaptation because Barça is a great club and it is not easy to play well when you're in the first season. I have a lot of hope for him in the second, after the World Cup victory.

"It was very decisive and I saw a very collective Dembélé. He always has the ability to unbalance his rivals and produced a magnificent football.

"I think Barça would be wrong if they sell him. Ousmane is for the present but above all for the future. I said last year that they needed a little patience with him, but now he knows the language, the club and his teammates. I hope it's a good season for him."

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