Didier Deschamps has explained Ousmane Dembele’s omission from his latest France squad, insisting It’s up to the Barcelona star to”find his full potential”.

The 23-year-old has been dealt a number of serious fitness setbacks since moving to Camp Nou from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017, and has so farbeen unable to live up to his €105 million (£94m/$124m) price tag.

He was heavily linked with a move away from Catalonia in the last transfer window amid reported interest from Manchester United, but ended up staying put, and has since fought his way back into the Blaugrana’s starting side.

Dembele has contributedtwo goals and one assist in seven outings for Ronald Koeman’s side this season, sparking talk of a possible recall to the international stage.

However, Deschamps ultimately decided against including the Barca winger in his latest squad, with France set to play Finland in a friendly on November 11 before preparations begin for a Nations’League doubleheader against Portugal and Sweden.

The Les Bleus head coach has justified his final decision by stressing the need for patience when it comes to Dembele’s development as he seeks to rediscover his best form.

“Does he still have a chance? Yes, of course, Dembele is coming back from a major injury. We must give him time,” Deschamps told a press conference on Thursday

“We must give him time. I know what he is capable of. He had physical problems, but now it is up to him to find his full potential.”

Dembele’s next chance to shine could come when Barca welcome Real Betis to Camp Nou in a must-win La Liga clash on Saturday.

Source : goal.com