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Ousmane Dembele Got The Entire Barcelona Bench To Move

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Ousmane Dembele Got The Entire Barcelona Bench To Move

Ousmane Dembele might not be the most popular person at Barcelona, which is probably why he moved everyone else on the bench just so he could sit next to his mate.

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Last month Barcelona announced that Dembele wasn't going to sign a new contract, with his deal expiring in the summer, so instead he'd have to leave the club.

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However the club couldn't sell him in January, despite his very low asking price, so he'll end up leaving for free, and that hasn't made him too popular at the Nou Camp.

Ahead of Sunday's game against Atletico Madrid, the French forward was booed by the home fans, with Xavi later asking them not to do so.

Dembele obviously felt he wasn't too popular amongst the squad either, as he asked six other substitutes to move seats, just so he could sit next to former Borussia Dortmund teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the match.

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Aubameyang was in the matchday squad for the Spanish giant for the first time, having moved from Arsenal on a free transfer after the window had closed.

The two forwards only played for one season together at Dortmund, with Dembele arriving at the club in 2016 and departing a year later to join Barca.

It is a transfer that hasn't worked out for anyone, with the 24-year-old hit by injuries and not being able to reach his true potential in La Liga.

Leaving on a free in the summer means the club, who have been horribly mismanaged in the past few years, will lose €140 million from the deal for a player who never reached the heights.

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Dembele remained on the bench, but Aubameyang did make it on. Image: PA Images
Dembele remained on the bench, but Aubameyang did make it on. Image: PA Images

Aubameyang did make it onto the pitch as a substitute for his debut, but it was another debutant for Xavi's team who made an instant impact.

Adama Traore, fresh from rejoining the club from Wolves, grabbed an assist in the 4-2 win over Diego Simeone's side and was a constant thorn in Atleti's side.

Dembele on the other hand didn't get on, though Xavi revealed after the match revealed he was going to use the former Rennes match, until Dani Alves was sent off.

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"The idea was for him to come on, but I decided on other things because of the red card and the way the game went," the manager explained.

So maybe Dembele has more than one friend at the club, but he'll probably stick with sitting next to Aubameyang, until the striker is starting games at least...

Featured Image Credit: ESPN

Topics: Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Atletico Madrid, La Liga

Ryan Sidle
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