Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has tipped Ousmane Dembele to become one of the best players in the world.
The pair have formed a lethal attack, along with Lionel Messi – just as long as they can keep up with their quick team-mate.
Dembele’s Barcelona career has been blighted by injury problems since making a £96million move from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.
He was left out of Ernesto Valverde’s squad to face Real Betis in November after missing a training session due to a late gaming session, according to the Spanish press.
But the 21-year-old has turned his season around, scoring six goals in his last nine games and Barca currently lead second-placed Atletico Madrid by six points in La Liga.
Suarez told Spanish outlet Sport: “He’s young and had a lot of people tell him, ‘You’re going to be a superstar and everything will be great’.
“But the reality is there’s still so much to learn. That happened to me too. I had to live in that moment and what I have to do is support Ousmane.
“He’s got a lot of players in the dressing room he can learn professionalism from. No one can teach Ousmane how to kick a ball because he already knows that.
“But another thing is how you work and train. He needs his routines to keep getting better. Obviously he’s a player that is only getting started but I think he’s going to be one of the best in the world.”
When asked if he had played with a faster player than Dembele, Suarez, 32, said: “No. It isn’t that he hits the ball so far forward but at times we’re on the counter and I can’t get there in time!