?Borussia Dortmund have taken the significant decision to internally suspend unsettled winger Ousmane Dembele until the weekend after he deliberately skipped training on Thursday, seemingly in an attempt to force through a transfer to Barcelona.

Dortmund coach Peter Bosz confirmed early in the afternoon that Dembele had been absent without permission and that the club had tried and failed to contact him.


That was followed by a statement from Dortmund explaining that a formal offer from Barcelona for the 20-year-old French international had been rejected after a round of talks.

In part, it read, “The representatives of FC Barcelona submitted a bid which did not correspond to the player’s extraordinary footballing and other abilities nor to the present situation of the European transfer market. BVB therefore rejected this offer.”

Speaking to BVB.de later, sporting director Michael Zord explained, “Ousmane Dembele has deliberately missed training today. We will of course sanction him for this misconduct.”