The PSG forward showered praise on the 21-year old after France’s 3-1 win over Italy, in which Dembele scored a brilliant curling goal, after team-mates Samuel Umtiti and Antoine Griezmann had already gotten on the score sheet.
“For me, Ousmane Dembele is the best young player in the world,” Mbappe said.
It was a fantastic gesture by the former Monaco striker who is himself a candidate and a rival to Dembele for the best Under-21 player award.
The duo are part of France’s terrific attacking prowess that also consists of Olivier Giroud, Nabil Fekir, Griezmann and Florian Thauvin.
Meanwhile, France face USA in their final warm-up game ahead of the 2018 World Cup, on June 10.
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Ernesto Valverde’s men were humbled with a 3-0 loss in the Eternal City – nicknamed the ‘Romantada – to exit at the quarter-final stage, even after a 4-1 first-leg victory. This result stained a season that otherwise contained triumphs in La Liga and the Copa del Rey.
“We have to look at our own team,” Busquets told TV3. “We have to value what we have done – and winning the double is a good season.
“Everyone had what happens in Rome in their head, of course. It’s normal. It was a bad situation which cannot be repeated.”
Andres Iniesta has been a constant presence in midfield alongside 29-year-old Busquets for both Barca and Spain.
But the 34-year-old’s summer move to Japan’s Vissel Kobe has left a void at club level that his younger partner has admitted will be difficult to fill.
He said: “It will be tough to fill the space he’s left. But this is football: it happened with [Carles] Puyol, Xavi and keeps on happening.
“We have to work as hard as possible to make sure his absence is noted as little as possible. I have learned a lot playing alongside him.
“His way of seeing things, reading the game… And off the pitch, I have learned how to be a professional.”
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10:30pm – Arsenal open dialogue with Barcelona over Ousmane Dembele
According to reports, Arsenal have reportedly opened discussions with Barcelona over the transfer of Ousmane Dembele. Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat met with the Spanish representatives. Read more on the story here.
8:30pm – Lionel Messi reveals his best goal and best decision at Barcelona
4:00pm – Yerry Mina backed to become a Barcelona success story
Centre-back Yerry Mina has made an inauspicious start to life at Barca, but fans needn’t worry according to Colombia team-mate Carlos Bacca.
Bacca, who also plays in La Liga for Villarreal, has talked up his compatriot’s chances of making it at the Nou Camp – read more here.
1:25pm – Nothing to prove for Messi at World Cup, says Maradona
Lionel Messi’s international career has not been anywhere near as successful as his club career, and his failure to win the World Cup – or any major international trophy – has often been held against him by Argentina fans.
But former Barcelona star and Argentina legend Diego Maradona says Messi, who has mostly gotten the fans on his side with some superlative performances for his country, has nothing to prove at the World Cup.
“He doesn’t have to demonstrate anything. He has to enjoy the game on the field,” Maradona said.
Read more here.
10.30am – Milan Skriniar in Barcelona’s sights
Barcelona have been strongly linked with Sevilla’s Clement Lenglet but Inter Milan’s main man Milan Skriniar is reportedly another defender they are enamoured with.
It may take a big bid to lure him away from Serie A though – read more here.