BVB beat Bayern to sign Dem­bele

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BORUS­SIA Dort­mund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke claims that they beat Bayern Munich to the sig­na­ture of French star­let Ous­mane Dem­bele, but ad­mits it will be harder to halt the Bavar­i­ans bid for a fifth straight Ger­man league ti­tle.

The new Ger­man league sea­son starts to­mor­row with Bayern, un­der new head coach Carlo Ancelotti, host­ing Werder Bre­men at Munich’s Al­lianz Arena while Dort­mund start their Bun­desliga sea­son on Satur­day at home to Mainz.

Winger Dem­bele was voted France’s Young Player of the Year last sea­son and Dort­mund paid Stade Rennes €15 mil­lion (ap­prox­i­mately R238 mil­lion) in the off sea­son, beat­ing Bayern to the 19-year-old’s sig­na­ture.

“At that mo­ment, we were quicker (than Bayern), but I don’t know how deep their in­ter­est was,” Watzke told Sport1.

“We got to him early and dis­cov­ered him be­fore he had played in the (French) league.

“He is an ex­cep­tional ta­lent, but there is more to it than that, he has to learn the lan­guage and as­sim­i­late.” — AFP.

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