MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona are disappointed by the situation with ahead Ousmane Dembele, who may not play for the membership once more this season, president Joan Laporta stated on Wednesday.
The France worldwide was instructed to go away earlier than the January switch window closed after contract negotiations broke down, however he was unable to search out one other membership and can keep at Barca till the top of the marketing campaign.
“We are disappointed,” Laporta instructed a information convention known as for the revealing of recent Barcelona signing Adama Traore.
“We have a participant (Dembele) with a contract that expires in August and the participant is offered to the coach, so the coach is the one that may determine if he performs or not,” Laporta stated.
“But coach Xavi Hernandez is simply as stunned as all of us that Dembele didn’t renew his contract.”
The French ahead joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and can be a free agent on the finish of this season.
“Our supply expired on December 20 and after that there was no different proposal,” Laporta stated, answering questions on Dembele as he sat subsequent to Traore.
“We noticed a scarcity of curiosity to resume and settle for our supply that was a extremely good one. We tried to work it out however there have been no choices out there.”
Laporta prompt that Dembele had didn’t ship on the potential that made the Spanish membership pay 105 million euros ($119.11 million) for him, scoring 31 objectives in 129 appearances.
“We invested some huge cash and we needed to see that funding on the pitch extra usually, however we got here up from that a bit of disappointed,” Laporta stated.
“The coach will determine, however he wants to consider subsequent season, not solely this one.”
(Reporting by Fernando Kallas, modifying by Ed Osmond)