Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said on Saturday the club would no longer soften their stance on Ousmane Dembele’s contract enviornment, despite the Frenchman’s angry riposte on social media on Thursday.
Dembele wrote he would no longer “give in to blackmail” after Xavi left him out of his squad to face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey on Thursday night, following a breakdown in talks over a brand contemporary deal.
The winger’s contract expires in the summertime, when he may be ready to proceed Barcelona with out cost.
The club’s director of football Mateu Alemany said on Thursday morning “it seems apparent to us that the participant does no longer are searching to proceed at Barcelona” and “subsequently we hope that a transfer will happen sooner than January 31”.
“Dembele’s enviornment hasn’t changed. He is aware of what the choices are and he has to mediate,” Xavi said in a press convention ahead of Sunday’s sport away at Alaves.
“There’ll not be any longer any such thing as a different. There are mute days left (in the transfer window),” Xavi added.
It stays to be seen if Barcelona can catch an exit for Dembele mid-season, both for a transfer payment or on loan. Shifting the 24-Three hundred and sixty five days-faded’s wages would lend a hand free up predicament for signings.
“We are working to bring avid gamers in. We’ll in finding what we can attain,” Xavi said.
With Dembele exiled, Barcelona may maybe also bear shunned Ansu Fati picking up a hamstring injury in opposition to Athletic on Thursday, with experiences suggesting the 19-Three hundred and sixty five days-faded may be out for two months.
Fati has handiest upright returned after two months out injured, having attain lend a hand in September following 10 months absent with a knee difficulty.
“He is very upset, it’s a magnificent enviornment,” said Xavi.
Club medical doctors instructed that Fati must handiest play 30 to 35 minutes in opposition to Athletic however the striker came on in the 61st minute and stayed on for added-time.
“The additional-time upset our plans,” said Xavi. “We can are trying and provide a actually particular belief so that he does no longer secure injured yet again.”