Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The unusual reason why De Jong chose to join Barcelona

The highly-rated youngster chose the Catalans after viewing WhatsApp messages where Neymar revealed regret for

The months of speculation on his future and his eventual destination, the Dutchman sealed a transfer to Catalonia earlier this week for an initial fee of £65 million. Barcelona had to overcome stiff competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham to snap up the midfielder. De Jong’s initial contract lasts five years, and he will spend the rest of the season with Ajax before joining up with his new team-mates in the summer.

It was a saga at times when it came to signing up the 21-year-old, with each prospect club trying to convince him the best reason for joining them, and Neymar inadvertently played a part in helping the starlet decide where his future lay. De Jong was shown messages from the Brazilian superstar to Barca’s officials complaining about the low competitiveness of the league and the rough treatment he was receiving from the players in Ligue 1.

The messages also apparently revealed that Neymar did not like the weather as compared to Spain, further suggesting that he felt he had made a mistake by leaving Barcelona. After receiving this information, and also holding discussions with the club, De Jong made his mind up to join the La Liga giants.

And the Dutch international was elated to sign for the club he had supported as a child. “I rang Maxwell (PSG sporting coordinator) to tell him I was not joining them and my agent informed PSG,” he said.

“I also spoke with (Pep) Guardiola about a move to Man City. Clubs all try to convince you when they want you. I am happy and proud that they did so much to get me. I am happy, proud and also somewhat relieved that it’s now all behind us. Barcelona have always been a dream club for me. I already watched Barcelona as a kid and then when I was a bit more aware of the game when you had the Guardiola era with all their successes. That turned me into an even bigger fan.”

De Jong’s first game for Ajax after the news broke out did not end well, with the Eredevisie giants hammered 6-2 by Feyenoord.

Authors take

Neymar playing an inadvertent role in stopping such a huge signing for PSG just adds to the growing sense of disillusionment and dissatisfaction on his behalf right now, and epitomises his current situation with the club. It seems only a matter of time before the costliest player in the worlds seals a move away from the French champions as soon as possible.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Top Articles

Recommended Articles

Latest Article

Arsenal chief Edu responds to Folarin Balogun’s pointed message to Arteta

Arsenal U-23 star player Folarin Balogun has sent a clear message to senior boss Mikel Arteta after the Gunners submitted a defeat...

Man United manager Ole has Virgil van Dijk viewpoint about transfer target

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held his nerves and transformed his team into potential title contenders. Manchester United are now sitting on top of...

Lucas Torreira offered a 3-year contract amid poor loan spell at Atletico

Uruguayan international Lucas Torriera might as well taken a decision closer to securing a permanent transfer away from Arsenal. As per the...

Liverpool were desperate to sign Arsenal player before his departure

Things are going from bad to worse for Liverpool. The Reds are having a really bad season after their latest defeat against...

Must Read

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: 5 Talking points as Man United keep hold of the first spot

Manchester United made a trip to Anfield to lock horns with their arch-rivals, Liverpool. The game ended in a 0-0 draw as...

5 Talking Points: Burnley 0-1 Manchester United as Reds move to the top

Manchester United's trip to Turf Moor ended on a bright note as the Red Devils defeated Burnley 1-0. An exquisite volley from...

Leicester City vs Man United: Preview, Line-up and Prediction

The Red Devils will be traveling to King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on the boxing day action. These two Premier...

Manchester United vs Leeds: Preview, Team News, Line Up and Prediction

Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjear has shown great character and strength. Whenever they have been doubted they have come back stronger....