Dembélé's Dortmund teammates hit out at forward's attitude
Gonzalo Castro and Sokratis Papastathopoulos
Ousmane Dembélé remains in limbo at Borussia Dortmund after being separated from first-team activity as he seeks to push through a move to Barcelona before the transfer window closes.
The France forward failed to turn up for training with the Bundesliga club last week and was suspended indefinitely by the Dortmund hierarchy, who have been less than amused by the 20-year-old’s posturing regarding a move to the LaLiga giants.
Dembélé’s teammates have also spoken out against the forward, with the situation hanging over the side as they go into a new season.
Castro: "Dembélé cannot behave in this way"
“The matter will be handled internally, but it has to be said loud and clear that he cannot behave in this way because it has a negative effect on the team. It will be a bad thing for football if a player can decide that he’s not going to train because he wants to go to another team,” said German midfielder Gonzalo Castro.
Sokratis: "He should follow Aubameyang's example"
Sokratis Papastathopoulos also weighed in on the subject: “He’s a good kid but he has to take on board that no player in the world is more important than the team. He does not have the right to do what he has done. He made a mistake when he decided to train alone. He should follow the example set by [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, who wanted to leave but who always maintained a professional attitude and never missed a single training session,” the Greek international opined.