Dortmund extend Dembele suspension 'until further notice'

Borussia Dortmund have given Barcelona a deadline to finalise a deal for Ousmane Dembele

Borussia Dortmund have given Barcelona a deadline to finalise a deal for Ousmane Dembele

Yesterday, we reported on how Barcelona's interest in Ousmane Dembele had created problems for the young striker.

Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele will remain suspended "until further notice" after missing training, the Bundesliga club has confirmed.

"Our focus now is on a concentrated preparation of the team for the Bundesliga opening match against Wolfsburg in the coming weekend", Zorc told Dortmund's website.

Dembele has reportedly refused all contact with the club since Barcelona made a bid reported to be worth 105 million euros ($124 million) including add-ons.

Dembele is under contract until 2021 and an initial offer from Barca has been rejected by Dortmund.

The young French forward has been lined up as a replacement for Neymar by Barcelona
The young French forward has been lined up as a replacement for Neymar by Barcelona

"Ousmane Dembele has consciously missed today's training sessions".

Our referenced source is suggesting that the decision was taken after a meeting between the Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz, the chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke and the sporting director Michael Zorc.

Dembele believes he has a gentleman's agreement with Dortmund to join a club such as Barcelona but the German side deny such an agreement exists.

The 20-year-old skipped training on Thursday despite the club refusing to give him permission to speak to the Spanish club, who are ramping up their efforts to sign a replacement for Neymar after his £200m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

Dembele scored 10 goals and supplied 20 assists in 49 games in his debut season with Dortmund.

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