Arsenal get green light to try and sign World Cup winner after he pens open letter after being told to leave
Barcelona outcast and long-term Arsenal target Ousmane Dembele has hit back at the club after being told to leave as soon as possible.
The France forward, 24, has failed to agree a new contract at the Nou Camp, with his current deal set to expire this summer, and that has led to alot of speculation that he could come to the Premier League
Director of football Mateu Alemany recently insisted Barca only want players committed to the cause and Dembele was left out of the Copa de Rey squad for last night’s defeat to Athletic Club.
In an open letter, Dembele said: “For four years now, gossip has been piling up about me and I have been shamefully lied about with the sole purpose of damaging me. Was that a mistake? I’m sure it was.
“From 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 and imperfections. I have lived through difficult times with injuries; I have been affected by Covid.
“Without many training sessions I have always been available without complaint when the coach has asked me. I have always done my job as well as I can because it is my passion.”
He added: “I forbid anyone to think that I am not involved in the sporting project.
“I forbid anyone to attribute to me intentions that I have never had. I forbid anyone to speak for me or for my agent, in whom I have total confidence.
“I am still under contract, I am fully involved and at the disposal of my club and my coach. I have always given my all for my team-mates. I am not a man who cheats but even less a man who is in the habit of giving in to blackmail.”
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