Dembele is a better player than Neymar

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has claimed the team’s winger Ousmane Dembele is better than Neymar, in a television interview on Monday.

Neymar quit Catalonia for PSG in the summer of 2017 for a world-record transfer fee of €222m (£198m/$250m), with Dembele arriving from Dortmund for €105m (£90.6m/$118m) soon afterwards.

“I explained that we have a project with Dembele and Coutinho with Neymar’s money,” Bartomeu told TVE in Spain.

“Dembele’s level is better now than Neymar’s, he’s a much better player than Neymar and he’s already adapted.

The Catalan club's supremo also discussed Philippe Coutinho’s progress with the Blaugrana.

“Coutinho is a great player, excellent, he’s getting better and better. It’s not easy to play at Barca - he was here six months last season and he’s complete now. He has the confidence of the coach. He’s a global player and we expect a lot from him.

“He will continue at Barca. He’s different and Barca needs different players.”

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