May 15, 1997
|Age||23 years old|
|Arrival(s)||Formed at the academy|
Joueur du mois en Ligue 1 (mars 2016 avec Rennes)
Meilleur Espoir de Ligue 1 (2015/2016 avec Rennes)
Coupe du Monde (2018)
Ousmane Dembélé arrived at Stade Rennais in 2010 from Evreux. He is a pacy striker with immense dribbling ability. He was a French international in all Youth age groups, and had an outstanding season in CFA2 (French 5th Division) in 2014/2015, scoring 13 goals in 17 games, aged only 17. He had attracted the attentions of a number of top European clubs, and refused a contract offer from Stade Rennais during the 2015 summer transfer window. After a long stand-off, he finally signed his first professional contract with Stade Rennais on 1st October 2015. He scored his first goal in only his second appearance, against Bordeaux, and went on to string together some top-notch performances, totalling 12 goals in 20 appearances as a professional. His ability caught the eye of Borussia Dortmund, who made the effort financially, offering 15 Million Euros plus numerous bonuses to sign him on 12th May 2016. In August 2017, the new French international joined his dream club, FC Barcelona, for a fee of 145 Million Euros, bonuses included. The Stade Rennais thus recouped a bonus on the transfer fee of the player they had developed. In the end, Rennes earned around 40 Million Euros for Dembélé.