Monday 25th September, 2017
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Dembele suspended by Dortmund

Dembele suspended by Dortmund

·       Barca offer rejected

Ousmane Dembele has been suspend­ed by Borussia Dortmund after skip­ping training, with the Bundesliga club having turned down an offer from Bar­celona for the winger earlier on Thursday.

Dembele is being targeted as a replace­ment for Neymar, who left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last week in a record-shattering €222million deal.

The 20-year-old missed training without permission on Thursday, with Dortmund head coach Peter Bosz telling a news con­ference that the club had been unable to con­tact Dembele.

Dortmund announced Dembele will be punished for his no-show and will be banned until after this Saturday’s DFB-Pokal clash with Rielasingen-Arlen.

Sporting director Michael Zorc explained: “Ousmane Dembele was missing from BVB training today without permission and ap­parently decided voluntarily to do that.

“Of course, such misbehaviour will be sanctioned.

Speculation that a move to Barcelona was imminent soon mounted before BVB issued a statement saying a bid had been lodged by the Catalan giants but it did not meet their valuation for a player they signed from Rennes for €15m last year.

The statement read: “Borussia Dortmund has held talks with the Catalan football club FC Barcelona regarding the possible trans­fer of the BVB player Ousmane Dembele to FC Barcelona.

“During this meeting, the representatives of FC Barcelona submitted a bid which did not match the player’s extraordinary foot­balling ability or value to the club, nor the present economic market situation of the Eu­ropean transfer market. BVB therefore re­jected this offer.

“As there is no other offer from FC Bar­celona to date, there is currently no transfer of the player to FC Barcelona and this is not currently likely.”