Ousmane Dembele becomes first Barcelona player to break Xavi's new rules 7 months ago

Ousmane Dembele becomes first Barcelona player to break Xavi's new rules

Xavi isn't messing around

Ousmane Dembele has become the first Barcelona player to break one of the new rules implemented by Xavi, after he arrived late to training.

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The new Barça boss has been dealt with the task of rebuilding the Blaugrana and set out just how serious he intended to be by creating a set of rules and regulations to instil some discipline at one of football's finest establishments.

One of those rules strictly said: DON'T BE LATE.

So what did Dembele do? You guessed it, he turned up late - three minutes late to be precise.

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To some people, fining somebody for turning up three minutes late is harsh, but rules are rules and Xavi intends to rule with an iron fist and not let anybody off the hook given the current state of affairs at the Camp Nou.

According to the Daily Mail, Dembele - and every other player -  will need to be careful not to make a habit of breaking the rules, with the new boss doubling the punishment for every time they break another rule.

Reports in Spain suggest as well that the 41-year-old's decision to fine players makes him the first manager at the Nou Camp to do so since Luis Enrique did back in 2017.

Dembele - who has struggled for form since his move from Borussia Dortmund, mainly down to a series of injuries - will have no doubt annoyed Xavi by breaking his trust just days after the Spaniard said the Frenchman could become one of the best players in the world.

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"Extending Ousmane Dembele’s contract is one of our priorities, yes. He could be the best player in the world in his position," the 41-year old said at his press conference.

"Ousmane has to work a lot, he has the potential to make the difference at Barça as a world top player. But he needs to be consistent."

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