Ex-Spurs star Dembele reveals Chinese are still ‘very afraid’ of coronavirus

first_img3EX-TOTTENHAM star Mousa Dembele has lifted the lid on his scary new life in China amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Belgium international ended his seven-year Spurs career last summer to join Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates3 Former Tottenham star Mousa Dembele has lifted the lid on life in ChinaCredit: PA:Press Association3 The Belgium midfielder ended his seven-year Spurs career last summer to join Guangzhou R&FCredit: Guangzhou R&FThe Covid-19 virus originated in the Chinese city Wuhan.And even though Dembele’s new home is 600 miles to the south, lockdown measures and local people’s attitudes have left him stunned.The 30-year-old midfielder said: “We’re no longer in quarantine, but there are still a lot of measures in force.”Everybody has to wear a facemask when they go out.”Or if you go into a shop, you first have to have your temperature taken.”There has been a new wave of infections, and people from abroad are said to have brought them in.”The people here are very afraid of foreigners. When I am out in the street everybody swerves to get past me.The people here are very afraid of foreigners. When I am out in the street everybody swerves to get past me.Mousa Dembele”It is crazy to be part of something like this.”All the citizens here take the measures deadly seriously.”Everybody stays indoors, and no-one goes out for a stroll or to play sport.”Besides, in China they have a system of infra-red cameras to see if anyone is flouting the rules.”I feel that back in Belgium they are more relaxed about the situation.”I haven’t noticed a great deal of panic in China.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticGive now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappeal”You feel that they’ve been through something similar before.”Dembele made 250 Spurs appearances, scoring 10 goals, following a two-year spell with Fulham.His Belgium teammate Marouane Fellaini, who followed him in swapping the Premier League for China, was discharged from hospital this week after contracting the virus.Fellaini says he’s ‘getting stronger every day’ as he works out in hospital after testing positive for coronaviruslast_img read more

Barca close to Coutinho, Dembele deals: Segura

first_imgPublished on SHARE August 17, 2017 Barcelona sporting manager Pep Segura has said the club are “close” to signing Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.Speaking after Wednesday’s 2–0 defeat to Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup gave their arch rivals a 5–1 aggregate victory, Segura said Barcelona were discussing terms with the attacking duo.“We are close to Coutinho and Dembele, we are discussing their conditions but we do not know when they will be sealed,” Segura told Spanish television station TV3, adding, “We hope they will be Barcelona players this season.”Barcelona, who said on Monday they had agreed a deal to sign Brazilian midfielder Paulinho for 40 million euros ($47.19 million), are looking to fill the void left by Neymar after his world record 222 million euros transfer to Paris St-Germain.According to reports in British media, Coutinho has submitted a transfer request after Liverpool rejected a second bid worth 100 million euros from the La Liga club.Barcelona’s other reported target, Dembele, has been suspended by Borussia Dortmund after the 20 year-old France international skipped training amid speculation of a possible move to Spain.An initial Barca offer was rejected by Dortmund, with club bosses saying it was too low. German media have estimated the price of a move at more than 100 million euros.Barcelona are clearly in need of reinforcements after being outclassed in the Super Cup. After losing 3–1 at home on Sunday, Wednesday’s 2–0 defeat came at the hands of a Madrid side minus Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Isco. SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS COMMENTlast_img read more