Dortmund extend Dembele suspension 'until further notice'


Borussia Dortmund announced on Sunday morning that they have "decided to keep the suspension of the player Ousmane Dembélé from first team training until further notice".

The Bundesliga giants have suspended the 20-year-old "until further notice", just three days after rejecting a bid from Barca for France global.

Dembele joined Dortmund, who will compete in the Champions League group stage, from French side Rennes on a five-year deal in 2016.

"Our focus now is to have a concentrated preparation for the start of the Bundesliga (next week)", Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc said in a statement.

Raf Honigstein suggests Ousmane Dembele moving to Barcelona is no guarantee, and explains Dortmund's looming predicament.

Dortmund rejected a €100m (£90m) offer from Barcelona for Dembele in midweek and he was fined and suspended for missing training until after Saturday's German Cup game for the defending champions against Rielasingen.

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"Ousmane Dembele has, of course, the opportunity to train individually, away from the squad".

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. He did not say anything about a transfer.

Much like as Coutinho missed Liverpool's opening match versus Watford, it seems certain that Dembele will not play in the Bundesliga this weekend.

Barcelona must now be confident of signing Dembele... "We will see what happens", he told Sky.

We get the impression this saga could roll on all the way until deadline day.