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Barcelona confirmed: Dembele should leave the club immediately

Thu 20 January 2022 | 10:56

The French star must leave Barcelona in the winter transfer window.

Barcelona

football director Mateu Alemany has confirmed that they have not reached an agreement with

Ousmane Dembele

and that he should leave the club immediately, which is why he has been left out of the list for the match against Athletic Bilbao.

On Wednesday, Barcelona coach Xavi warned Dembele that he would have to leave Camp Nou if he did not sign a new contract with the club. The French star has no plans to extend his contract and now the club's football director has confirmed that Dembele must leave Barcelona.

Alemany said:

"With Ousmane and his agents we started conversations around the month of July.

"In all this time, almost seven months, we have talked, Barca has made different offers, we have tried to find a way for the player to continue with us and those offers have been continuously rejected by his agents.

"It seems obvious to us that the player does not want to continue at Barcelona and is not committed to Barca's future project.

"We told him and his agents that he must leave the club immediately because we want to have players committed to the project.

"We expect a transfer to take place before January 31. The sporting consequence is that we don't want to have players who don't want to be at Barca.

"The fact that he was not in the [squad] list for today is the consequence of this whole process. The coach has our full support, it's a consistent attitude."

Barcelona's list for the match against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey has been published and Dembele is missing out of 22 players. He joined Barcelona from Dortmund in 2016 for € 145 million and is now forced to leave the club on the eve of his contract expires.

Newcastle

is currently the most serious destination for Dembele.

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