Dortmund maintain Dembele suspension
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