Ousmane Dembele leaves Monaco's Lacina Traore trailing during a Ligue 1 game for Rennes this season.
Ousmane Dembele leaves Monaco's Lacina Traore trailing during a Ligue 1 game for Rennes this season.
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Who is Ousmane Dembele? The lowdown on BVB's new signing

He is a prodigious talent who models himself on Neymar and has been the French top-flight’s outstanding youngster this season: step forward Borussia Dortmund’s new signing, Ousmane Dembele.

Football insiders have known about the exciting attacking midfielder, who turns 19 on Sunday, for several years, and after signing a five-year deal with BVB, Dembele will no doubt soon become a household name in Germany.

Let bundesliga.com fill you in on the teenager who is rated one of Europe’s hottest properties.

    Born 15 May 1997 in the Normandy town of Vernon, 80km from Paris and a stone's throw from Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny.    Joined Stade Rennes FC aged 13, signing his first professional contract on 1 October 2015 before making his Ligue 1 debut on 6 November 2015.After scoring 12 goals and providing five assists in his first 25 French top-flight games, Dembele was named the Ligue 1 Players' Player of the Year.

    "I have never seen such a phenomenon at that age," said Dembele’s former Rennes team-mate Gelson Fernandes. We are aware we have a jewel in our ranks."Scored his first league goal on his second appearance, and netted a hat-trick in the Breton derby against FC Nantes in early March.Made his U-21 debut for France in March 2016.

    "He's quick, he can penetrate defences, he's two-footed, and can play across the front three. And he's going to get better," said France coach Didier Deschamps in March 2016."My main attributes are my dribbling and my speed. I have one role model: Neymar," said Dembele in 2013.

Click below to watch highlights of Dembele's sensational hat-trick in Ligue 1 against FC Nantes back in March.