Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele says he will “not give in to blackmail” after the club told the Frenchman he must leave in the January transfer window.
Dembele is out of contract in the summer, meaning Barcelona face the prospect of losing him on a free transfer if he sees out the season in Catalonia.
The 24-year-old said on Instagram: “As of today, I’m going to answer honestly without giving in to any form of blackmail.
“I forbid people from thinking that I’m not committed to this sporting project. I forbid people from attributing intentions to me that I’ve never had.
“I forbid people from speaking for me or my agent, who I have total confidence in. I’m still under contract, I’m fully committed and at the disposal of the club and my coach.