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Ousmane Dembele slams rumours about his exit: “I am not a man who cheats”

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Ousmane Dembele is in a complicated situation at Barcelona. While the club requests him to either renew or leave, the French winger wants to fulfil his contract, and depart on a free transfer in the summer.

After Mateu Alemany publicly confirmed Dembele’s stance on the issue today, the 24-year-old took to Instagram to clarify the rumours that have been making the air in the past month.

“I have not stopped reading things about myself for four years. Gossip has been piling up for four years. People have been shamefully lying about me with the intention of harming me. I have ignored it until now. Has it been a mistake? Yes. Starting today, I will answer.

“I am 24 years old and like every man, I have flaws, imperfections. I have lived through difficult moments, injuries, Covid has affected me. Without the slightest training session, the mister has asked me to play and I have always complied… without complaining.

“I am fully aware of my luck to dedicate myself to the most beautiful job in the world. Also, my message is transparent. I forbid anyone to give the impression that I am not involved in the sports project.

“I forbid anyone to attribute intentions to me that I have never had. I forbid anyone to speak for me or my representative, whom I trust completely. Still, under contract, I am fully involved and at the disposal of my club, my coach.

“I have always given everything for my teammates and also for all the socios… It’s not now that that is going to change that. I am not a man who cheats and still less a man who has a habit of giving in the blackmail.”

“As you know, there are negotiations. I let my agent handle it, it’s his field. My job is the ball…simply playing football, sharing moments of joy with my teammates and all the members. Above all, let’s focus on the essentials: TO WIN”

We will need to wait and see how Barcelona will manage the situation with the player, but one thing is clear: Dembele has no intention of leaving the club mid-season.

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