Ousmane Dembélé will not be part of the Barça group which will travel to Alavés this Sunday. Always pushed towards the exit by his club, Xavi decided to leave the Frenchman away from the group, after putting a new pressure on him on Saturday.
A new match without Dembele. Already excluded from the group for the Copa del Rey match against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday, Ousmane Dembélé is still sidelined for the trip to Alavés. Barça travels again to the Basque Country without its number 7, in open conflict with the club which asks him to "leave immediately".
“There is no other option (but to leave)”
The Frenchman has still not extended his contract with FC Barcelona and could go free next June if the two parties do not agree on a contract. As long as he does not renew his contract, Dembélé seems to be condemned to the stands. In a pre-match press conference on Saturday, Xavi said: “Ousmane's situation has not changed, he knows what situation he is in and he must decide. Nothing has changed. ” A journalist had made the reflection to the coach that there was also the possibility that the winger refuses to leave the club and stays . But he insisted that "there is no other option, he knows the situation, there is no other alternative".
Asked about the presence of the French in the group, Xavi had all the same left a suspense: “We will give the list tomorrow. “The message is clear: if Dembélé wants to play, it will be far from the club or he must extend. A technique of blackmail that he and his clan deplore, but Barça obviously does not want to give in despite the warning from the Spanish players' union. The Catalan coach had however assured that the player was fine and that he was training well, "but he knows perfectly well what his situation is, there is no longer any debate on that".
In the group of Blaugrana who will make the trip this Sunday, other absentees: Memphis, still injured after a blow in training, Eric Garcia, Sergi Roberto, injured for a long time and Ansu Fati, injured in the King's Cup and who must decide whether or not to have surgery.
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