Frenkie de Jong needs to affix Chelsea somewhat than Manchester United (Image: Getty)
Erik ten Hag has performed down Manchester United’s pursuit of Frenkie de Jong and says he’s pleased together with his present midfielders if the membership don’t signal him.
De Jong has been linked with United all summer season and so they have even agreed a charge with Barcelona for him, but he wants to join Chelsea and a member of United’s hierarchy has even claimed the Dutchman has rejected a move to Old Trafford.
The state of affairs is additional sophisticated by the truth that Barcelona owe De Jong round €17m (£14m) after he agreed to defer a part of his wage to assist the membership’s monetary state of affairs and that boss Xavi is eager to maintain him on the Catalan giants.
United have misplaced a number of midfielders this summer season, with Paul Pogba heading to Juventus, Jesse Lingard becoming a member of Nottingham Forest whereas Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic have additionally departed in what has been a squad shake-up forward of 2022-23.
They’ve introduced in former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen from Brentford, however stay considerably mild in that space forward of their Premier League opener in opposition to Brighton on Sunday as they give the impression of being to enhance on sixth final time period.
New boss Ten Hag is pleased together with his present squad if they don’t finalise a deal for De Jong as he appears to be like to information them again into the Champions League spots.
‘We wish Frenkie? I don’t know,’ he instructed reporters on Friday. ‘No, hey, it’s about the proper gamers and there are various.
Erik ten Hag is pleased together with his present crop of midfielders, together with Bruno Fernandes (Image: Getty)
‘However I can’t give feedback on a participant who’s underneath contract at one other membership. When we’ve information, we are going to give it.’
When quizzed what is going to occur if De Jong doesn’t be part of United, Ten Hag added: ‘Then you definitely work with the present squad, and also you develop gamers who’re in your present squad.
‘On this second we’ve gamers in that place and so they carry out very well.
‘That may be a superb state of affairs [to have transfer business done], however I’m proud of the squad.
Erik ten Hag takes cost of his first Premier League match on Sunday (Image: Getty)
‘I’m proud of the signings up till now. We’re working altogether. I’m proud of the present squad and we want the proper gamers.’
Different midfielders within the United squad embrace Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay and Fred.
There are additionally much less established gamers equivalent to Amad Diallo, Facundo Pellistri, James Garner and Hannibal Mejbri.
In the meantime, Ten Hag has confirmed Anthony Martial will miss United’s clash against Brighton on Sunday through injury, however the Purple Devils boss refused to say if Cristiano Ronaldo will begin the sport.
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