Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde reaffirmed his desire for Ousmane Dembele to remain in the club after the French striker won the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday with his "miracle goal".
In the 78th minute, Dembele scored the winner after Gerard Pique had defeated Pablo Sarabia's opening goal by Barça against Sevilla 2-1 in Tangier (Morocco).
"He has a lot of quality and he is a Barcelona player," Valverde said in his post-game press conference. "I know that a lot of things happen […] But he started the game, he scored a miracle and he got on well with the team.
"In fact, he got better as the match went on, he could make room where there was not much against a team that leaned back more than we expected and in the second half, he was really good."
Valverde had said before the match that he "did not know" whether Dembele would leave the club before the end of the transfer window due to reports from Paris Saint-Germain.
He emphasized, however, that he wanted to keep the 105 million euros that Borussia Dortmund signed at Camp Nou, which indicated that the decision was not necessarily to be made.
The start against Sevilla, along with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, just a week after his return to pre-season training, may have been his way of showing the player that he's on top after a first season injury in Spain.
"Dembele is with us and we have high hopes for him," added Valverde as he urged the future of the 21-year-old.
Also midfielder Sergio Busquets joined Demletze to stay: "I hope he continues here – that he continues and that this season works better for him than the last one when he was unlucky – I hope he can." be an important player for us. "
Dembele's winner gave Barca the perfect start to the new season, unlike last year when he lost to Super Madrid in the Super Cup. And Valverde is happy to already have a trophy on the board.
"We are happy because we won a competition and beat a tough opponent," said the coach. "It was a tough game because Sevilla met early and we had to come back.
"You notice that some players have not played for a while, but they have grown as the game went on, it was a good game, Sevilla defended well and kept his form, but they also had their chances, it's good to win, because it strengthens what we do and lets start the season on a good note. "
Lionel Messi, whose free kick from the post to Piqué's coach, won his 33rd title for Barca, This made him the most decorated player in the club, the first he had ever won since joining the new captain of the Catalans.