Blues boss says injured winger needs time to regain his best form before returning to international stage
The 23-year-old has suffered a number of serious fitness setbacks since moving to Camp Nou from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017, and has so far failed to live up to his 105million. euros (£ 94 million / $ 124 million). price tag.
He was heavily linked with a departure from Catalonia in the last transfer window amid reported interest from Manchester United, but ended up staying put and has since struggled to get back into the starting squad of the Blaugrana.
Dembele has contributed two goals and an assist in seven outings for Ronald Koeman’s side this season, prompting discussions about a possible international recall.
However, Deschamps ultimately decided not to include the Barca winger in their final squad, with France set to face Finland in a friendly on November 11 before preparations for a double Nations League title against Portugal began and Sweden.
Here is our team of 26 players for the next matches against Finland 🇫🇮, Portugal 🇵🇹 and Sweden 🇸🇪, with a first recall for Marcus Thuram! See you on Monday boys 😍!#FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/Um2HB4mWuJ
– Equipe de France @ (@FrenchTeam) November 5, 2020
“Does he still have a chance?” Yes, of course, Dembele is coming back from a serious injury. We have to give him time, ”Deschamps said at a press conference on Thursday.
“We have to give him time. I know what he’s capable of. He used to have physical issues, but now it’s up to him to find his full potential.
Dembele’s next chance to shine could come when Barca host Real Betis at Camp Nou in a must-see La Liga clash on Saturday.
Koeman’s men have slipped to 12th place in the table after six games, nine points behind leading leaders Real Sociedad, but they still have two games in hand.