- Ousmane Dembele, 25, is said to be interested in joining Chelsea this summer
- However, he wants reassurances from manager Thomas Tuchel that he will start
- The German boss views Dembele as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku
- Chelsea are trying to offload Lukaku to Inter Milan after his disappointing season
Ousmane Dembele is said to be interested in joining Chelsea but wants reassurances from Thomas Tuchel that he will start.
The Chelsea boss views Dembele as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku – who is set to return to Inter Milan after a disappointing season at Stamford Bridge.
Dembele is said to be eager to join Tuchel’s side as he would like to help the club push for the Premier League title and Champions League crown next season.
However, Dembele wants reassurances from Tuchel – who he previously played under at Dortmund.
The 25-year-old wants the Chelsea boss to confirm his place in the starting XI and reassure him that he won’t be sideline due to squad rotation – according to The Sun.
Dembele will be hoping for a fresh start at Chelsea after failing to live up to expectations at the Nou Camp since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a staggering £120million deal in 2017.
Despite his lack of consistency on the pitch, Dembele has scored 32 goals and recorded 34 assists in 150 games for Barca.
He has also won LaLiga twice with the Catalan giants and lifted two Copa del Rey trophies.
As a result, Barcelona are said to be interested in keeping hold of the 25-year-old this summer.
Speaking about the forward, Barcelona boss Xavi recently said: ‘Negotiations are ongoing and we are going to be optimistic.
‘I hope he can stay – he has helped us a lot during the last six months. He’s a decisive player with lots of assists and he has been excellent in many games.
‘When he hasn’t played, we’ve missed him. He is a football player that I like and we’d like to stay, but we’ll have to see.
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