The 21-year old is currently part of France’s squad at World Cup 2018 and is looking to make a mark after having a tough first season at Barca, hindered by injuries, following his switch from German club Borussia Dortmund.
“He came to the club with a lot of pressure, when he needed time to mature,” Xavi said.
“Barca are a very demanding challenge for a young player but have potential. His humility and desire to work hard play in his favour.”
The former Spanish World Cup winner then went on to compare Dembele’s abilities with some of the greats the game has seen in the past.
“He does the same things as Di Stefano, Pele, Cruyff, Maradona or Zidane at a time when the game doesn’t give you as much time to think as before,” Xavi told Football Espana.
France will take on Peru in their next Group stage fixture on June 21.
Pique is an investor in production company Kosmos Studios which made the documentary “The Decision,” released on Thursday, that featured the French striker.
The 31-year old had done a little promotion from his side as well – tweeting an emoji of popcorn with the words “ready to watch ‘The Decision’ tonight,” prior to the documentary being shown on Spanish pay-per view service.
The Spanish star later tweeted, after his Griezmann’s decision was made public, while taking a dig at the Barcelona media that had reported Griezmann’s move to the Camp Nou was a done deal.
“The most important lesson of ‘The Decision’ is that, sometimes, not everything they sell you is true,” he wrote.
Y recordad una cosa. Habrá gente que lo criticará, porque todo lo nuevo puede generar rechazo. Pero la reflexión más importante que deja la #LaDecisión es que a veces, no todo lo que os venden es cierto. Buenas noches.
— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) June 14, 2018
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11:00 – Griezmann has made a decision on his future…
With ongoing speculation linking him with Spanish champions Barcelona, Griezmann had said he would confirm his position before France’s World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday.
“The decision has been taken but it is not the time or the place to talk about it,” he said.
“I am very sorry, I know you have all been waiting but I will not give my decision today.”