Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele has claimed Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach.
Dembele, who joined Barcelona in the summer of 2017 from Borussia Dortmund for € 145million, played under Tuchel at the German club.
He revealed in an interview with BeIn Sports (h / t Get French Football) that Tuchel played a huge role in shaping his career and that it would have been very difficult for him to leave the club if the current Chelsea boss had stayed. He said:
“And like I said, Thomas Tuchel really convinced me, he’s my favorite coach.
“With Thomas Tuchel, I played a little more on the right side at the start of the season, then I was moved more centrally, in 10th position, sometimes even in midfield three, you see.
“And he told me to stay a little more central, to have an espresso as he told me, the ball will come to you and then you will go.” It would have been difficult to leave Dortmund if Tuchel had stayed.
Dembele’s future – link with Liverpool
He was brought in to replace Neymar but injuries and inconsistencies kept him from realizing his potential.
According to a recent report by sport, Barcelona are preparing to offer a new contract to the French winger.
The 23-year-old has a contract at the club until 2022, potentially leaving him on the cheap this summer.
Last month, Sports world has claimed that a multitude of clubs, including Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Liverpool, are keen to sign him.
The Red Devils failed in an attempt to sign Dembele on loan last summer. Liverpool are monitoring their situation ahead of a possible summer move.
Liverpool could be interested in signing him, especially if Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane leave the club this summer.
In other news, Manchester United are very interested in signing Pau Torres.