13 August 2017

Barcelona target Ousmane Dembele suspended by Borussia Dortmund indefinitely for going AWOL during transfer saga

OUSMANE DEMBELE has been suspended indefinitely by Borussia Dortmund as he continues fighting for a move to Barcelona.

The striker went AWOL on the eve of the Bundesliga start as he tries to force through a move to the Nou Camp as part of the Neymar replacement project.

Ousmane Dembele celebrates winning the German Cup with Borussia Dortmund last season
Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele has fuelled speculation linking him with a switch to Barcelona
Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele is thought to be closing in on a move to Barcelona
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And he looks like getting his wish after the German club released a statement detailing how he had been axed from their plans

The club said: “Borussia Dortmund has decided to keep the suspension of the player Ousmane Dembele from the team training up until further notice.

“Hans-Joachim Watzke, Michael Zorc and Peter Bosz were together on the first day of the first round of the 1. FC Rielasingen-Arlen on Saturday evening.”

Dortmund’s sporting director Zorc said: “Our focus now is on a concentrated preparation of the team for the Bundesliga opening match in Wolfsburg this coming weekend.

Ousmane Dembele, of course, has the opportunity to do an individual training off the track.

“Apart from this opinion, Borussia Dortmund will not comment any further on the facts.”

Who is Ousmane Dembele and where does he come from?

The 20-year-old did not show up for training on Thursday and failed to answer calls from the Bundesliga club.

The player is apparently furious as a verbal agreement he had with Dortmund that the German club would let him move to an elite-level club is not being honoured.

Dembele has reportedly agreed a five-year deal worth £9m a season with Barca – and rejected overtures from Real Madrid.

Ousmane Dembele posed for the new season team photo at Dortmund but his mind is clearly elsewhere
Ousmane Dembele is also high on Barcelona's shopping list
Ousmane Dembele looks to be leaving Borussia Dortmund to join Barcelona
Ousmane Dembele looks to be leaving Borussia Dortmund to join Barcelona

The player, who joined Dortmund for a reported £13m from Rennes in May 2016, was not expected to reach great heights in his first season at the club.

But his impressive performances – he scored six goals and provided 12 assists – have made him one of the hottest young properties in Europe.

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