What else should I have done? Dembele defends his Dortmund strike

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What else should I have done? Dembele defends his Dortmund strike

What else should I have done? Dembele defends Dortmund strike

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France winger Ousmane Dembele was criticised for the manner in which he forced through a move to Barcelona but he felt he had no choice.

Ousmane Dembele has defended his decision to go on strike in a bid to force through a mega-money move from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona.

Striking striker Dembele defends action

France winger Dembele completed a 105-million euro switch to Barca after refusing to train during his final days with the Bundesliga club.

The 20-year-old's actions drew widespread criticism but, back in Ernesto Valverde's first-team plans and attempting to salvage an injury-plagued debut season at Camp Nou, Dembele asked critics to put themselves in his shoes.

"What else should I have done? If Barcelona cancelled [their interest] for a second time that would have been impossible for me," he told Onze Mondial, referencing Barcelona's initial interest during his breakthrough campaign at Rennes.

"I'd like to know how the people who criticise me would have behaved if they had been in my position.

Missing out on a Barça dream

"I had the impression that I would miss the fulfilment of my dream, which is why I behaved like that. That's what I stand for."

Dembele made his seventh LaLiga appearance on Thursday when he came off the bench for the last 15 minutes of Barcelona's 1-1 draw at Las Palmas.


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