Busquets backs Dembele to find groove at Barcelona

Ousmane Dembele is beginning to settle in at Barcelona, according to Sergio Busquets.

Ousmane Dembele has been linked with Bayern Munich   -  Getty Images

Barcelona stalwart Sergio Busquets believes Ousmane Dembele is getting closer to living up to high expectations at Camp Nou.

Inconsistency and injuries have impeded winger Dembele from developing at the pace anticipated when he joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund for €105million in 2017.

The France international made strides in his second season, scoring eight La Liga goals, yet speculation surrounds his potential involvement in a reported proposal to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.

Dembele, 22, is said to view his future at Barcelona and midfielder Busquets thinks the La Liga champion is about to benefit.

"He looks better," the Spain international said, speaking in Japan. "We've been here for a few days and it's a long season, but the way he has started is positive.

"Everyone has a hard time going to a new club, with a different language and a different philosophy.

"Hopefully everything goes better because he has a lot to give and we expect a lot from him."

Healthy competition

Antoine Griezmann's arrival has further complicated Dembele's bid to become a regular starter in attack.

Busquets, however, sees only positives.

"The signing of Griezmann is good for everyone," the 31-year-old said. "It will make us better as a team and will increase competition.

"The problem will be for the coach, who will have to choose [from a strong squad]. The important thing is to make the team solid. He's fitting in well with the team, style and philosophy.

"The three new ones are integrating well, they are good team-mates. For us it's a pleasure."

Barcelona faces Vissel Kobe, home to former Camp Nou favourites Andres Iniesta and David Villa, in a pre-match friendly in Japan on Saturday.