Ousmane Dembele says he will “not give in to blackmail” after Barcelona said the France forward must leave in the January transfer window.
The Spanish giants’ director of football Mateu Alemany said on Thursday that the 24-year-old wanted to leave.
Dembele is out of contract in the summer and is yet to sign a new deal at Barcelona.
“From today it finishes,” he said on Instagram, referring to “gossip” surrounding him in recent years.
“From today I am going to reply honestly, without giving in to any kind of blackmail.
“I forbid anyone from thinking I am not committed to the sporting project. I forbid anyone from attributing intentions to me that I have never had.”
Dembele joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 in a deal worth up to £135.5m but will be able to leave for nothing when his