And Barcelona published, on Thursday morning, the squad for the cup meeting with Athletic on the same evening. He was without Ousmane Dembele on the list.
Shortly thereafter, a video interview with the club’s director, Matteo Alemani, was posted on the club’s Twitter account with an explanation.
– We have been in talks with Othman and his agents for six months. We’ve come up with several offers and suggestions on how he can be with us more. Al Yamani says all of these offers have been rejected by his clients.
Today – January 20, with eleven days left in the transfer window – it is abundantly clear that the players do not want to continue at Barcelona or are committed to Barcelona’s future project.
The 24-year-old Frenchman’s contract with Barcelona expires in June.
– Because of this situation, the player and his representatives have informed us that we must leave immediately because we want to have players committed to the project. We want the transfer to be done by January 31, says the Barcelona manager.
Al Yamani says the coach’s decision was not to include Dembele in the squad on Thursday.
Dembele’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, stated on Tuesday French radio channel RMC That if the player did not sign a new contract, Barcelona threatened to put him in the stands.
The situation with Ousmame is complicated. Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said in a press conference, Wednesday, that the club had decided that if he did not renew the contract, we had to look for another solution.
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