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Dembele pens five-year Barcelona deal to complete €105m transfer

Dembele pens five-year Barcelona deal to complete €105m transfer

Ousmane Dembele has put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Barcelona to complete his transfer from Borussia Dortmund.

The 20-year-old France winger moves to Barca for an initial €105million, under a deal that will make him the second most expensive player in history once add-ons are accounted for.

Dembele arrived in Barcelona on Sunday and completed a medical earlier on Monday before arriving at Camp Nou for the signing ceremony.
He then took the field for his official presentation before an estimated crowd of 12,000 fans, who he addressed in a short interview.

“I’m excited to be playing at this club with the best players in the world and to be in front of all these people today,” he said.

“I’ve always wanted to play for Barca since I was very young. I watched all the matches. It is the best club in the world with the best players in the world and I hope to bring lots of trophies and titles to Barcelona.

“I’m very happy to be here and hoping to integrate quickly with my team-mates.”

Ousmane Dembele has denied that his €105million price tag places him under extra pressure to perform.

“I’m not under pressure,” he told a media conference. “The transfer market is a little crazy, but I’m here to do my job well on the pitch and I’m not thinking about this sort of thing.”

“I’m excited to play with the best. My goal is to learn from the best, from Messi, from Suarez, and to win as many trophies as possible,” he said.

“It’s an honour, a pleasure to be able to play on a team with Messi. I want to see what he’s doing, he’s the best in the world, the best in history.

“It’s not extra pressure [to replace Neymar]. Of course, he is an excellent player but I’m young, I’m coming from my second season as a professional and I’m trying to grow.

“Barca needed a player in this position and they called me. But I come here to learn.”

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