Dembele ‘rejected’ Barca’s request
Ousmane Dembele has returned to Barcelona and claims he still wants to play for the club.
Barcelona have announced they could sell the winger this month after rejecting numerous offers to sign a new contract.
Dembele’s current contract expires in the summer but he revealed he remains committed to the club despite the stalled negotiations.
He said in a statement: “Rumors about me have been piling up for four years. It’s been four years since people spoke up for me, shamelessly lying with one purpose only – to harm me.
“As of today, it’s over. From today on, I will speak honestly without giving in to any form of blackmail.
“My message is transparency. I forbid anyone to get the impression that I am not involved in the sports project.
“I forbid anyone to label me with intentions that I never had. I forbid anyone to speak to me or my agent, whom I fully trust.
“Still under contract, I am fully involved and at the discretion of the club, my coach.
“I have always given everything to my colleagues and to all partners – it is not just now that this has changed. I am not a man of deception and much less a man in the habit of giving in to blackmail.
“As you know there are negotiations. I let my agent handle it, it’s his pitch.
“My pitch is the ball, playing football, sharing happy moments with teammates. Above all, let’s focus on winning.”
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