Dort­mund main­tain Dem­bele sus­pen­sion

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BER­LIN: Borus­sia Dort­mund said Ous­mane Dem­bele re­mained sus­pended “un­til fur­ther no­tice” for skip­ping train­ing as spec­u­la­tion con­tin­ues to swirl over the want­away for­ward’s pos­si­ble move to Barcelona.

“Borus­sia Dort­mund have de­cided to main­tain the player Ous­mane Dem­bele’s sus­pen­sion from team train­ing un­til fur­ther no­tice,” the Bun­desliga out­fit said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

Dem­bele was sanc­tioned af­ter he failed to show up for prac­tice on Thurs­day, the same day Dort­mund an­nounced they had re­jected Barca’s open­ing of­fer for the France in­ter­na­tional.

The young­ster was fined and ini­tially sus­pended un­til to­day, miss­ing Dort­mund’s 4-0 win over Rielasin­gen-Arlen on Satur­day.

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

“Ous­mane Dem­bele of course has the op­tion to train sep­a­rately from the group.”

Dem­bele, who at the age of just 20 is con­sid­ered one of the top tal­ents in Europe, has been hotly pur­sued by the Span­ish gi­ants to fill the void left by Ney­mar’s move to Paris Saint Ger­main for a world-record €222 mil­lion (RM1.1 bil­lion).

Ger­man tabloid Bild has re­ported that Dort­mund want an eye-wa­ter­ing €150 mil­lion for their ris­ing star, a price Barca have bris­tled at. AFP

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