Dortmund suspend Dembele indefinitely

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Borussia Dortmund have extended Ousmane Dembele's suspension indefinitely after the France global went AWOL this week in an attempt to force through a move to Barcelona.

Dortmund announced on Thursday that they had rejected a bid from Barcelona for Dembele - reported to be worth around €100 million - and suspended the France forward after he failed to attend training.

Dortmund kick off their Bundesliga season on Saturday against Wolfsburg and Dortmund director of football Michael Zorc confirmed Dembele would continue to train alone.

Dembele missed Dortmund's DFB-Pokal match against Rielasingen-Arlen as Maximilian Philipp and Andre Schurrle played on the wings, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netting a hat-trick after Marc Bartra opened the scoring.

As things stand, the 20-year-old is not under consideration for selection as coach Peter Bosz prepares for the Bundesliga opener away to Wolfsburg on Saturday.

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Dortmund added that they "will not make any more comments on the situation beyond this statement".

"Ousmane Dembele, of course, has the opportunity to do individual training off the track".

"Borussia Dortmund have made a decision to suspend Ousmane Dembele from training with the team until further notice", read a statement on the club's official website.

Dembele is being targeted as a replacement for Neymar, who left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last week in a record-shattering €222million deal.

While Dembele has been strongly linked with a move to Barca, Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is also said to be interesting Ernesto Valverde's side and has reportedly handed in a transfer request.

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