By 90Min
December 14, 2018

Barcelona have banned Ousmane Dembele from turning off his phone at night, in order to avoid further lateness issues.

The 21-year-old forward has shone on the pitch for Ernesto Valverde's side so far this season, scoring nine goals and netting five assists in all competitions so far in 2018/19, including a stunning strike against Tottenham in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

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However, despite his form on the pitch, the World Cup winner's time at Barcelona has been marked by reports of disciplinary issues, including lateness to training and club events, as well as rumours of a video game 'addiction'.

While some suggest the likes of Arsenal could attempt to find out if Barcelona's patience with Dembele has been pushed to the limit with a January bid, Marca claim that the Spanish champions have no issue with the young star and only want to 'tighten down' on him to help his development.


Dembele remains well-liked among the squad and by Valverde, while a love of TV series and video games isn't such a series issue considering some other football stars' vices.

However, after reportedly oversleeping on Sunday and turning up two hours late for training, the club have now instructed Dembele not to turn off his phone, or even leave it on silent, at night.

Meanwhile, fellow Barcelona star Jordi Alba meanwhile has backed Dembele as an 'important player' for Barcelona, insisting there are no issues in the dressing room.

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"He is an important player for us," Alba said, via Marca. "He's young, but in the dressing room we've never had any issues. At the end of the day he is playing well. Things can improve off the pitch but we are happy with him."

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