Luis Suarez has called on Ousmane Dembele to start fulfilling more ‘responsibilities’ and to ‘focus only on football’.
The quotes follow a series of media reports questioning the 21-year-old’s discipline off the field, with Diario AS suggesting Barcelona believe he is addicted to video games.
“Being a footballer is a privilege but it also brings responsibilities,” Suarez told reporters, as cited by Spanish media.
“Ousmane needs to focus only on the game and his career, there are examples of professionalism all across the dressing room at the club.
“He needs to start taking more responsibilities but the truth is that he deserves to be at this club and we all must support him.
“He has settled in well, has forged good relationships and he is a happy person.”