With the relationship between Barcelona and Ousmane Dembele seemingly unresolved, Hristo Stoichkov attacked the 24-year-old, accusing him of not understanding the club.
Barcelona sporting director Matthew Alemany announced on Thursday that Dembele would be sold out in January after failing to show commitment to the club by signing a contract extension, and the player retaliated via a social media site saying he would not accept responsibility.
It has been a bad episode, of course, no doubt, yet Stoichkov believes the player is at fault for almost the entire issue.
“If you don’t want to be in Barcelona, at least don’t pollute the badge,” Stoichkov told TUDN.
“Xavi [Hernandez], I applaud you for not bringing her into the dressing room, because that dressing room deserves respect; it has a history of 121 years. Mr. [Joan] Laporta, open the door.
“Dembele never understood what Barcelona was. I joined myself as an outsider to find out what the club was, from the time of [Laszlo] Kubala, [Lobo] Carrasco, [Gary] Lineker, Jose Mari Bakero and Julio Salinas. They all know the story, [but] you did not know it. “