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Ousmane Dembele turned up 50 minutes early to training on Monday.

Ousmane Dembele arrives to Barcelona training 50 minutes early on Monday

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Ousmane Dembele's punctuality has been a talking point for Barcelona this season.

Earlier in the campaign, it emerged that the Frenchman missed a training session after playing video games all night and missing his alarm.

And he had another issue on Sunday which led to him being disciplined.

Dembele arrived two hours late for training and was then forced to train by himself.

The French forward scored as Barcelona beat Espanyol 4-0 on Saturday, so this would have come as a huge disappointment after his good performance the day prior.

Ernesto Valverde addressed the situation in his press conference earlier on Monday, claiming that the club are trying their best to help the player.

"It is true that a situation has occurred, one that we will resolve in-house," he explained, per Marca.

"It isn't something new and we'll try to face up to it in the best possible way by always helping the player, who has a lot of talent."

So how does Dembele react? Has he learned from his mistakes?

Early indications suggest he may well have learned his lesson.

According to Sport, the Frenchman was among the first players to get into training on Monday, accompanied by his compatriot Clémént Lenglet.

Ousmane Dembele in training on Monday

And Helena Condis Edo, journalist for Spanish publication COPE, goes one step further.

She noted that Dembele was in fact 50 minutes early to the training session which, of course, will come as music to the ears of Barcelona fans.

Well done, Ousmane.

He's got a lot of stick in the past few months as many have questioned his attitude.

But he will no doubt win over his critics if he continues to show this kind of commitment.

Barcelona fans were pleased after hearing he had come into training so early.

Lenglet was asked about Dembele turning up two hours late to training, but he decided to focus more on his accomplishments on the pitch rather than his actions off it.

"I don't have much idea about what is happening with him, but what I do know is that he is doing very well on the pitch," Lenglet said, per Marca.

"I don't know if [a punishment] is the right thing to do or not, you'd have to ask that question to those with the power because I don't know if he has to be sanctioned.

"He's doing a lot of things well on the pitch. He's playing very well for the team and that's what interests me most about him."

Topics:
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Espanyol
Clement Lenglet
Ernesto Valverde
Ousmane Dembele
Barcelona

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