Ousmane Dembele says the Bundesliga provides the perfect environment for young players to develop as the Borussia Dortmund star prepares to show AS Monaco the progress he has made in nine months in the Germany.
Dembele moved to Dortmund from Rennes last summer a precocious but largely unproven talent that had sparkled in bursts in Brittany.
The four-game run without a Bundesliga goal or assist he is currently on is his most barren of his maiden season at BVB where his six goals and ten assists already signify a spectacular return for the 19-year-old.
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Dembele told L'Equipe that though he had some worries ahead of his Dortmund debut, he was convinced he had made the right move given the Bundesliga is a proven breeding ground for the best young talent in the game.
"You ask yourself if you're going to meet the coach and the club's expectations in particular. I had a little bit of pressure, because I was coming into a new environment, but after three or four matches, that had gone. For the country, I wasn't worried at all. Germany, when you're a young player, is the best. There are lots of young talents here, and people have faith in them," said the France international, who signed a five-year deal at the Signal Iduna Park revealing Thomas Tuchel's faith had played a central role in him deciding to join Die Schwarzgelben.
"I don't regret my choice at all. I feel good in Dortmund. It was a choice I thought about, that I took early last season, because I had talked to the coach very early. I had only scored two or three goals with Rennes, but he told me he wanted me.
After listening to him talk, I told him I would sign for Dortmund whatever happened, that my choice was made. There was interest from other clubs after that, but I had given my word and made my choice and didn't want to come back on it."
The words of Tuchel and the BVB boss' guiding hand have been a constant in Dembele's progress this season. After convincing the youngster to shun suitors from across Europe to move to the Ruhr Valley, Tuchel then gave his young charge the possibility to express his potential.
"He tells me to show what I can do, show my qualities, to dribble. When I have the ball, it's total freedom with a few defensive instructions such as to press for ten seconds or less when we lose the ball. But I'm really free. It's something I need.
"I can come into the middle, play in the 10 position, change flanks. It's really nice to have that kind of trust as if I were 25 years old," said Dembele, whose French-speaking team-mates Raphael Guerreiro and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have helped him through his first months in Germany.
"I'm lucky to be having my first full season, which allows me to get more and more experience. But I'm going to keep working. The only truth is out there on the pitch. When you're good on the pitch, in life in general, with your team-mates and others, everything goes well! I'm lucky to have been able to settle in more easily thanks to Auba [Aubameyang] and Raphael [Guerreiro]."