Roman Weidenfeller slams Ousmane Dembele's behaviour for way he forced through a move to Barcelona

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Roman Weidenfeller has criticised former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Ousmane Dembele.

Roman Weidenfeller has slammed Ousmane Dembele for the way forced through a move from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona last summer, claiming the Frenchman has “no manners”.

The wideman excelled during his sole season at the Westfalenstadion, scoring 10 goals in 49 games for the Bundesliga giants after moving from Ligue 1 side Rennes.

The Blaugrana moved for the 20-year-old after losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, but Dortmund stalwart Weidenfeller was not happy with the way Dembele conducted himself as he sought a transfer, branding his behaviour “ridiculous”.

“That’s not the way to leave a club,” the goalkeeper told ESPN of Dembele’s departure. “It caused unbelievable unrest and nobody could calm down.

“This is a team sport – football is not tennis. He did not even take his boots [before leaving] – it’s ridiculous. Before, I could not imagine that there is such a thing.”

Weidenfeller, 37, has spent almost his entire career in Westphalia, joining BVB in 2002 from Kaiserslautern. And he criticised the attitude of Dembele towards the club that helped develop him into a world-class talent.

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“Dembele was given the opportunity to make a name for himself at Dortmund at the age of 19. Here, he developed into a player that Barcelona wanted to buy,” said the five-times capped Germany international.

“But instead of being grateful, he left the club, staying at home, striking and letting his team-mates down. That’s just bad style – no manners.”

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Borussia Dortmund boss Peter Stoger fears Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi picked up a long-term injury in his side’s loss to Schalke on Sunday.

Belgium international Batshuayi was taken off on a stretcher late on in the Ruhr derby, having appeared to roll his ankle.

The 24-year-old’s season could be over while there will also be concern he could miss the World Cup as Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils begin their campaign in two months’ time.

“I didn’t think it looked like the kind of injury that he would be back from quickly,” Stoger said in quotes published on Dortmund’s official website.

“I hope, of course, that I’m mistaken. I can’t yet say anything specific, other than the fact that he’s in pain and will now be examined in more detail. Hopefully it’s not as bad as it looks.”

Batshuayi has scored nine times in 14 games since joining Dortmund on loan in the winter transfer window in a deal that runs out at the end of this campaign.

For Belgium, who are in England’s World Cup group, Batshuayi appeared in half of his side’s qualifiers.

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Liverpool-bound Naby Keita is expected to face Marseille in Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final, second-leg, despite limping off against in the Bundesliga.

“Thankfully, it’s just a hip bruise, so hopefully there is no threat for Thursday,” said Leipzig’s relieved coach Ralph Hasenhuettl on Tuesday.

Keita, who will join Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool next season, came off late in Leipzig’s 4-1 loss to Leverkusen on Monday.

Keita, a defensive midfielder, collided with Leverkusen’s goalkeeper Bernd Leno in the 74th minute at the Red Bull Arena and went off soon after.

Leipzig will fly to Marseille for a place in the semi-finals holding a slender 1-0 lead after Germany striker Timo Werner scored the only goal in last week’s first leg.

Liverpool are expected to pay 70 million euros ($86.5m), including bonuses, for the Guinea midfielder, who has consistently been Leipzig’s midfield engine.

He has scored five goals and provided five assists in 23 league appearances this season.

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