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Abidal questions Barcelona's Dembele management

Barcelona hero Eric Abidal has urged his old club to be patient with Ousmane Dembele.

Abidal is worried for Dembele amid talk of Barca moving for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.

"If you want Suarez, Messi and Griezmann, why sign Dembele?" he told El Larguero. "There are questions.

"Signing Coutinho means some will have to sit on the bench, that is why I say it is good to sign great players but it depends on the vision of the club.

"In football, the future is more important and it is better to have the best players in your team. Having a player like Griezmann in your team is always an advantage."

While the ex-Borussia Dortmund winger hasn't hit the heights expected of him at Barcelona just yet, Abidal is happy to give him time.

"[Dembele] is very young and has a lot of talent," added Abidal. "We are all waiting for him to return to his best.

"I don't doubt his performances and the work that he will do at the club. It is very difficult to change team; the body has to adapt and his diary and nutrition will be different."

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