Barcelona forward, Ousmane Dembele, has been told to leave the club immediately.

The France international was also dropped from the squad for their meeting with Athletic Club.

Dembele was informed by manager Xavi Hernandez on Wednesday that he would have to depart Camp Nou unless he signed a new contract.

The winger is not willing to pen fresh terms, director of football Mateu Alemany revealed on Thursday, paving the way for the Frenchman to depart.

Alemany said at a press conference ahead of the Copa del Rey meeting with Athletic Club: “With Ousmane and his agents we started conversations around the month of July.

“In all this time, almost seven months, we have talked, Barca has made different offers, we have tried to find a way for the player to continue with us and those offers have been continuously rejected by his agents.

“It seems obvious to us that the player does not want to continue at Barcelona and is not committed to Barca’s future project.

“We told him and his agents that he must leave the club immediately because we want to have players committed to the project.

“We expect a transfer to take place before January 31. The sporting consequence is that we don’t want to have players who don’t want to be at Barca.

“The fact that he was not in the [squad] list for today is the consequence of this whole process. The coach has our full support, it’s a consistent attitude.”

The Barca squad list for the meeting with their Liga rivals was then revealed on social media, with Dembele absent from the 22-man party.