Urban Ortega, a former right-hand man of Barcelona's ex-sporting director Robert Fernandez and who is one of the men responsible for bringing winger Ousmane Dembele to the Nou Camp has admitted that signing the Frenchman was a "risk" but one that they had to take.
Dembele was signed by the Catalan giants for a massive €105 million fee from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and while he has managed to put in decent performances on the pitch, his social life has come under the scanner.
The 21-year-old has been in the news for his unprofessional behaviour off late with the French international turning up late for training after staying up late playing video games, with the club even going on to fine him for his indiscretions.
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Ortega for his part has confirmed that the club were aware of such issues before signing him.
“We already knew about how he was and about his entourage. In fact, he had already had problems at Rennes, where he didn’t want to sign the professional contract at first. We had good information about him at the technical level and some facts about his indiscipline due to his youth and because of the people that surround him, which do not help him at times," he said in an interview on Esports Cope.
"We had that information, but in the end you have to take risks and you think that since he’s young, he can turn the situation around."
Since his move to the Nou Camp, Demebele has made 43 appearances for them scoring 13 goals so far.