"It is a unique opportunity for me to be able to play for Barcelona, the best team in the world and surrounded by the best players", he had told Mundo Deportivo. The Spanish giants are scouting to find a replacement for departed Brazil star Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain recently.
Zorc says, "Our focus is now concentrated on preparing the team for the Bundesliga opening game this coming weekend in Wolfsburg", adding, "Dembele obviously has the possibility to train individually away from the group".
A number of reports have claimed that Dembele's actions were a move to help force through a transfer to Barcelona, who are rumoured to be interested in his services.
"He is very versatile, has many technical and physical qualities and is very good in the last pass, but we have to keep in mind that he is only 20 years old", the Spaniard said, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.
Dembele was penalised due to his absence from practice on Thursday, sparking fresh speculation about his future with the Bundesliga club.
The Catalan giants have begun negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over Dembele, and it is expected that they will meet the Bundesliga club's €100m valuation.
"In this sense, age can be an advantage, but also a handicap". Lazio opted not to include include him in the squad to face Juve in the Italian Supercup on Sunday, prompting a furious online reaction from the player.
All of this part and parcel of the transfer market nowadays.
"There was no sign yesterday that Dembele would not be here today".
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