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Gonzalo Castro reveals how Dortmund's players feel about Dembele's recent behaviour

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Barcelona aren't having much luck at the moment, are they?

Since the world-record sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, the Blaugrana have splashed €40 million on a Tottenham flop and lost heavily to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

Luis Suarez has now been ruled out for five weeks with a knee injury to rub salt into the wounds, while their pursuits for Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are flagging.

Barcelona saw a £118 million bid for Coutinho rejected on Friday, with Liverpool adamant they will not be selling this summer.

It's the same kind of problem where trying to sign Dembele is concerned; Borussia Dortmund will only sell the 20-year-old to Barca if they cough up over £100 million.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has given his take on the two transfer sagas and believes Barcelona will only be able to sign one of them.

"Yes (they are after both players)," said Balague on Sky Sports. "The idea of course is to use all the money from Neymar and more, because they will have to pay wages, for those two players.

"The likelihood is they won't be able to afford both of them. If one costs £150 million and say Liverpool one day sold, it would be for a lot of money.

"So I'm not sure they can afford both of them, but they are going for both of them."

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Coutinho and Dembele are both desperate to join Barcelona, with the latter skipping training without permission recently to try and force a move.

Dortmund have taken action by suspending the France international and now Gonzalo Castro has revealed he and Dortmund's players have been left 'shocked' by his behaviour.

"He (Dembele) was always there, he played an outstanding season," Castro told Bild, "and all of a sudden, he doesn't show up for training.


"We were shocked - it was new to us. I've never experienced anything like this.

"You can be sure that [if Dembele wanted to return] we'd tell him quite clearly that you can't act like that and that this behaviour is damaging the team.

"What I know from my own experience is that I was not able to make every decision on my own when I was 20, but it's also clear that there are contracts and the club stands above everything."

Ouch. Castro, 30, is one of Dortmund's more senior players and it's quite clear the rest of the squad are just as angry with Dembele as he is.

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