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Rivaldo think Ousmane Dembele is trying to force an exit from Barcelona

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Ousmane Dembele's time at Barcelona hasn't exactly gone great so far.

The Frenchman arrived at the Nou Camp last summer for a fee north of £100m and was seen as the replacement for Neymar - who had joined PSG.

Sadly, his first season was heavily interrupted by injury and when he was on the field, he struggled for form.

Philippe Coutinho's arrival in January meant more competition for Dembele, while Rafinha has been used in his place this season when Lionel Messi was out injured.

There have been reports in the last couple of weeks detailing the issues with Dembele's personal life, with some suggesting that Barca are concerned by his 'video-game addiction'.

He apparently missed training because he was up all night playing video games with his friends.

Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique have both spoken out defending Dembele, but stated he needs to follow the professionalism standards set in the Barca dressing room.

However, Blaugrana legend Rivaldo has not been as sympathetic, saying the Frenchman clearly doesn't want to play for the club.

"Because of his attitude recently, I don't think Dembele wants to stay much longer in Catalonia and because he is annoyed, he is trying to force an exit," said the Brazilian, per AS.

Dembele with the French national team

"Barcelona have to keep calm and look for a way to make him play to sell him at a reasonable price and not at a bargain."

Get him to play so Barca can sell him for a slightly higher price - ouch.

Rivaldo says "it's obvious Dembele isn't happy at the club" and while he believes he's trying to remedy that, his indiscipline is proving to much of a stumbling block.

"He could do it another way," Rivaldo said. "Concentrating on his play, playing well and waiting for the right moment to be transferred, showing a lot of character and professionalism."

Rivaldo back in his playing days

The next month or so could be pivotal to Dembele's career in Spain.

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Rafinha Alcantara do Nascimento
Ousmane Dembele
France Football
Philippe Coutinho
La Liga
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Lionel Messi
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