Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele revealed that he will not give in to blackmail as the club insisted that he leave in January. Dembele is out of contract in the summer with the Spanish club set to lose him for free in the summer window. The Frenchman has hardly played this season and has endured yet another injury-laden season.

“As of today, I’m going to answer honestly without giving in to any form of blackmail.” Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele said. “I forbid people from thinking that I’m not committed to this sporting project. I forbid people from attributing intentions to me that I’ve never had. I’ve always given everything to my teammates and also to all the fans. That’s not going to change now. I’m not a man who cheats and even less so one who’s used to giving in to blackmail. Love can certainly be a variant of blackmail.”

“With Ousmane and with his agents we began conversations in the month of July, during all this time, it has been six months almost seven months, we have talked, we have spoken, Barca has made different offers, we have tried to find a way for him to continue with us,” Mateu Alemany said. “Those offers have been systematically rejected by their agents. And today, January 20, 11 days before the end of the last term within his contract, it is evident, it seems obvious to us, that the player does not want to continue at Barcelona and therefore is not committed to Barca’s future project.”

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