Barcelona News: Despite Manchester United’s interest, Frenkie de Jong has provided the clearest indication yet that he will remain at Barcelona.
The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, where Erik ten Hag is now in charge. De Jong rose to prominence under Ten Hag. He was a vital part of an Ajax team that advanced to the Champions League final four in 2019. These accomplishments earned him a move to the Nou Camp.
De Jong recently completed his third season at Barcelona. A team that has lacked success for the whole of his tenure there. United is looking for a centre midfielder, while Xavi is rebuilding his Catalan squad. It fanned rumours regarding De Jong’s exit.
On the other hand, the Dutchman has addressed Barcelona fans on social media, admitting that their season has been disappointing but pledging to make a difference next season.
Barcelona News: What did De Jong say?
He said: “For us, this has been a dismal season. We were unable to meet our initial objectives. However, I’d like to express my gratitude to the fans for their continued support this year. Next season, we will strive to improve.“
After sacking Ronald Koeman, Barcelona switched managers in the middle of the season. Xavi has showed signs that his team is improving, winning a spectacular 4-0 win at the Bernabeu against champions Real Madrid. They finished second in LaLiga, but were eliminated in the group rounds of the Champions League.
What did Xavi say?
Pedri and Gavi, two of the Nou Camp’s midfielders, continue to improve, while De Jong’s future is uncertain following Xavi’s comments. “Frekie is a beast,” he continued.
“He’s someone I admire and believe can help the team succeed in the future. We’ll have to wait and see how the club’s finances pan out, but De Jong is someone I like.”
Barcelona News: In February, De Jong made a statement.
“I’m extremely delighted I’m at Barcelona: I’ve wanted to be here from a young age, so in that way it has been a dream come true,” the Dutch midfielder told the Guardian in February.
“However, I would have liked to have won more trophies in my first two years.” To put it another way, I expected more in that regard. But, aside from that, I’m extremely happy here and hope to stay for a long time.”
Both Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic’s contracts are up this summer, and they will leave United. It leaves the club light in the middle of the park as Ten Hag prepares for a vital summer of recruiting.
Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips have been mentioned as possible replacements, but both players might still stay at their present clubs, West Ham and Leeds, respectively.