Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele has hit back at what he describes as attempts to ‘blackmail’ him over his future, amid speculation that he could dep
Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele has hit back at what he describes as attempts to ‘blackmail’ him over his future, amid speculation that he could depart the LaLiga giants at the end of his contract. The France international’s Barca contract expires at the end of June and he has been linked with a transfer, particularly to the Premier League where the likes of Manchester United are understood to be interested.
However, Dembele has now hit back at speculation and sensationally admits to feeling he has made a mistake in never responding to rumours.
The 24-year-old feels that several people have spoken for him and ‘lied’ about his situation. It is unclear who he is referring to.
Dembele is yet to sign a new contract with the cash-strapped Catalan club.
“Good morning to everybody,” the winger wrote in a lengthy statement posted to his Instagram account.
“It’s been four years since I’ve stopped reading things about myself without ever trying to justify myself. Gossip about me has been piling up for four years.
“For four years people have spoken for me, shamefully lied with a single purpose, the intention of harm me.
“I have been following my line of never answering for four years, of never justifying myself. Has it been a mistake? Surely.
“As of today, it’s over. Starting today, I will answer honestly, without giving in to any kind of blackmail.
“I am 24 years old and like every man, I have flaws, imperfections. I have lived through complex moments, injuries, Covid has affected me.
“Without the slightest training session, the manager has requested me and I have always complied.…. without grumbling.
“[I will] perform as well as I have always done because it is my PASSION.
“I am fully aware of my luck to dedicate myself to the most beautiful job in the world. Also, my message is transparent.
“I forbid anyone to give the impression that I am not involved in the sports project. 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.
“I’m still under contract, I’m 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 even less a man who has the habit of giving in to blackmail.
“Surely love is a variant of blackmail 99. As you know, there are negotiations. I let my agent handle it, it’s his turf. My field is the ball simply playing football, sharing moments of joy with my teammates and all the members.
“Above all, let’s focus on the essential: WIN.”
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