Koeman finally opens up on issue of Dembele leaving Barcelona for Man Utd

Ronald Koeman, the Barcelona head coach, has ruled out any possibility of Winger, Ousmane Dembele leaving the club for Manchester United before the transfer window closes on October 5.

There were reports from Spain on Tuesday, claiming Man United have been working on a deal to bring Dembele to England, either on loan or in a permanent deal worth £50m.

But, Koeman has now insisted that he is counting on the World Cup winner to remain at Barcelona, though he did admit that any decision over a transfer would be up to Dembele and the Catalan club.

When he was asked about the rumours surrounding Dembele’s future, Koeman told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday ahead of Barcelona’s La Liga clash with Celta Vigo on Thursday: “Dembele’s situation? I’m counting on him.

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“He was very good in the first weeks [of pre-season], but he had a downturn last week.

“He trained well today, and I am counting on him. But these are decisions for the club and the player.”

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