Barcelona inform Dembele of the need to leave the team immediately

BERLIN: Barcelona football director Matteo Alemani informed team player Ousmane Dembele to “leave the team immediately” after repeatedly refusing to sign a new contract. Barcelona was in negotiations with the French international since last July to extend his contract, in expires at the end of the season in course. Dembele has failed to secure a primary seat on the squad since joining Borussia Dortmund in 2017 due to subsequent injuries. Xavi, Barcelona manager, confirmed that Dembele could become “the best in the world” in his position, and stressed his willingness for the player to accept the terms of the new contract. However, Dembele’s agent Moussa Sissoko told RMC this week that he would not give in to pressure from Barcelona over his client’s future. Sissoko accused the club of having threatened the player not to play for the team anymore, instead of engaging with Dembele in profitable negotiations. This led Xavi to issue an ultimatum on Wednesday when he told the player to either accept the offer or sell it in the winter transfer window. After being excluded from the Barcelona squad for the match against Athletic Bilbao, which will be held in the round of 16 of the Spanish Cup on Thursday, Alemani has revealed that Dembele’s time is up. Alemani told Barcelona TV: “With Othman and his agents, we started negotiations around the month of July”. He added: “Throughout this period, almost seven months, we have talked, Barcelona have made different offers, we have tried to find a way for the player to continue with us.” He stressed: “These offers have been consistently rejected by his agent. It seems clear that the player does not want to continue at Barcelona and is not committed to our future project. “And he added:” We have told him and his agent that he should leave the club immediately. club because we want players who are committed to the project. “He added:” We expect him to move before January 31st. The sporting result is that we don’t want players who don’t want to stay in Barcelona. ” Dembele attracted the interest of many club of the Premier League, including Newcastle, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich.