Dembele reacts to Barcelona exit reports 

Dembele reacts to Barcelona exit reports 

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has responded to uncertainty surrounding his future with the Catalans. 

On Thursday, Barcelona director of football Mateu Alemany revealed that Dembele will leave the club with immediate effect after he refused to sign a contract extension. The 24-year-old was also dropped from the Barca squad for Copa del Rey match against Athletic Club. 

"I forbid anyone to give the impression that I am not involved in the sports project," he posted on his Instagram account.

"I forbid anyone to attribute intentions to me that I have never had. I forbid anyone to speak for me or my representative, whom I trust completely."

"Still under contract, I am fully involved and at the disposal of my club, my coach.

"I have always given everything for my colleagues and also for all the partners... it is not now that that is going to change." I am not a man who cheats and still less a man who has a habit of giving in to blackmail."

Barcelona statement 

"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." 

Earlier in the week, Barca coach Xavi had warned he will be sold if he doesn't sign a new deal.