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Borussia Dortmund extend Ousmane Dembele suspension until further notice

Borussia Dortmund have given Barcelona a deadline to finalise a deal for Ousmane Dembele Borussia Dortmund have given Barcelona a deadline to finalise a deal for Ousmane Dembele
Stacy Diaz | 13 August, 2017, 21:15

His unauthorised absence came after Barca had a bid rejected for the France global, who has been earmarked by the Liga powerhouse to replace Neymar following the Brazil star's world-record EUR222million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain this month.

Dembele is under contract until 2021 and an initial offer from Barca has been rejected by Dortmund.

"Our focus now is on a concentrated preparation of the team for the Bundesliga opening match against Wolfsburg in the coming weekend", Zorc told Dortmund's website.

Borussia Dortmund have made a decision to extend Ousmane Dembele's suspension until further notice as he continues to be unsettled by interest from Barcelona.

However, with Dembele recently going AWOL from team training, deciding instead to remain in Paris in order to force a move to the Camp Nou through, with BVB manager Peter Bosz confirming that Dembele was not in training, during a press conference on Thursday. Chelsea must spend, spend, spend!

The young French forward has been lined up as a replacement for Neymar by Barcelona
The young French forward has been lined up as a replacement for Neymar by Barcelona

"Ousmane Dembele has consciously missed today's training sessions".

Dortmund had confirmed a bid for the 20-year-old from Barca had been rejected ahead of the weekend and said he'd be suspended for their DFB-Pokal clash against Rielasingen-Arlen on Saturday.

Dembele scored six goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances last season, having moved to Signal Iduna Park from Rennes in July 2016.

Their CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, then indicated that Dortmund are not ruling out a sale, with the Bundesliga club reported to be seeking a fee of at least €130m. "We hope nothing bad has happened". "Whatever happens, happens. It's a hard situation".