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Dembele responds to Barca director

21 Jan 2022 | 12:04 | Football

Midfielder Ousmane Dembele announced that he had entrusted the full authority to decide his future at Barcelona to his agent.

“Except for my agent, no one is allowed to speak for me. I still have a contract and absolutely have the right to decide on my own future with Barcelona and coach Xavi,” Ousmane Dembele said on his personal page.

“I’m not a cheater and I’m not a person who has a habit of giving in. For me, love is a kind of blackmail but negotiation. I will let the agent handle this case, because you He’s an expert,” the former Dortmund star added.

Dembele was crossed out from Barca's registered squad on the morning of January 21, although he was not injured.

Dembele was crossed out from Barca’s registered squad on the morning of January 21, although he was not injured.

On the afternoon of January 20 (Hanoi time), Barcelona director Alemany put an end to Dembele’s future at Camp Nou. Barca leadership said that the French player no longer wants to stay with the club, so he will find a way to sell Dembele before January 31.

“My only interest is football. I want to share happy moments with teammates, fans and help the team win,” emphasized Dembele.

Earlier, the Spanish press reported that Dembele rejected Barca’s offer to extend. Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, had a discussion with the club’s leadership, but the two sides could not find a common voice. The Camp Nou team confirmed that it could not pay the salary required by the winger born in 1997.

Barca spent 140 million euros to recruit Dembele from Dortmund to replace Neymar. The deal soon turned into disappointment as Dembele spent more time in the hospital bed than on the field.

In nearly five seasons, Dembele made 128 appearances for Barca, scoring 31 goals and providing 24 assists. Statistics from Transfermarkt show that the French player had to miss nearly 700 days due to injury.

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