BARCELONA are reportedly ready to hand Ousmane Dembele a mega fine after the injured forward absconded to see his family.
Following the Catalans’ opening day defeat to Athletic Club, the winger was reportedly spotted sleeping on a sofa in Bilbao airport before jetting off.
Claims that Dembele, 22, was heading to Senegal have been denied by his agent, who instead insists he travelled to his mother’s house in the French city of Rennes.
However Barcelona were said to be enraged because of a hamstring injury he had picked up in the game and supposedly exacerbated by the uncomfortable night’s sleep, ruling him out for five weeks.
The trip also meant missing the required medical tests and Spanish newspaper Sport say Dembele could now receive a hefty fine.
A punishment costing between £330,000 and £900,000 will be determined when the matter is reviewed.
The player’s agent Moussa Sissoko slapped down reports his client had travelled to Africa and insisted the injury he felt wasn’t deemed serious at the time.
He told Mundo Deportivo: “It’s not true, he didn’t travel to Senegal. He was in Rennes in his mother’s house. I assure you 100 per cent.
“After the game, he thought it was cramp. He found that he had been injured [upon returning on Monday].”
‘NO PLANS TO LEAVE’
Dembele’s future at Barcelona has been up in the air all summer.
Some have suggested the Frenchman will form part of the Blaugrana’s players-plus-cash deal for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.
According to his agent, Dembele “does not plan to leave Barcelona at the moment”.
He revealed: “Unfortunately, his injury temporarily stops him in his motivation to make a great and beautiful season, symbolised by its anticipated recovery of a week.
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“But this has no impact on his thirst for success and he is confident to return as soon as possible.
“Developing at a club as prestigious and ambitious as Barcelona involves a competition that will advance any player.
“In any case, it is the point of view rooted in Ousmane’s mind. He is at Barcelona and he will remain 1000 per cent with the firm desire to honour the colours of the club.”
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