If you want to know where Ousmane Dembélé’s future lies, just ask his mum.
Dembélé’s mother Fatimata was the person who told the French forward to sign a first professional contract at his club Rennes in 2015, despite interest from Europe’s big guns. Dembele wanted to leave, but mum knew best.
The following season, he became the youngest player to score 10 Ligue 1 goals, overtaking Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet, and leading Rennes towards an unlikely push for the Champions League.
The Catalonian press described him as the next Neymar after reporting he scored a hat-trick in front of Barcelona sporting director Robert Robert Fernandez, during a 4-1 win against Nantes.
Patrick Vieira, in his role as Manchester City’s football development executive, regularly visited Renne’s La Piverdiere training ground, but mum thought that Borussia Dortmund, who had followed him for years and promised first-team Bundesliga and Champions League games, was the best option for his career He moved to Germany for around £13million.
In today’s market his value is several times that.
Culled from Mail
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