French forward Ousmane Dembele has been suspended by Borussia Dortmund for skipping out on a training session without permission on Thursday, as reported on the club’s official website.
The 20-year-old is being heavily linked with a move to Barcelona and reportedly flew to Paris to meet friends and family as he awaited an agreement between the La Liga club and Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc subsequently announced the decision to fine the player and suspend him for the upcoming clash against Rielasingen-Arlen in the German Cup.
“Ousmane Dembele missed training without notifying the club and has clearly taken this action consciously. We will obviously sanction him for this,” said Michael Zorc.
“We have also suspended the player until after the cup game at the weekend.”
Dortmund manager Peter Bosz echoed Zorc’s sentiments, claiming that despite seeing the 20-year-old for the team photo on Wednesday, he had no idea where the player was and why he didn’t turn up to Thursday’s training session.
“He wasn’t there this morning and if I am completely honest I have to say I have no idea why he wasn’t. We have tried to reach him but we have not managed to. I hope nothing bad has happened to him. He wasn’t there,” said Peter Bosz.
Borussia Dortmund rejected a bid in the region of €100 million from Barcelona and claim that another bid ‘at this moment in time is unlikely.’