Frenkie de Jong was the topic of switch curiosity from Man Utd and Chelsea in the course of the summer time (Image: Getty)
Frenkie de Jong has hinted his relationship with Barcelona stays lower than excellent however is adamant he by no means needed to depart the membership throughout a tumultuous summer time that noticed him linked with each Manchester United and Chelsea.
The Catalan giants, determined to recoup a few of the cash they spent throughout an formidable recruitment drive, successfully handed De Jong an ultimatum to depart or take a serious pay reduce.
United, managed by De Jong’s former mentor at Ajax, Erik ten Hag, tabled a £72million bid for the 25-year-old however De Jong was reluctant to maneuver to Previous Trafford on account of their absence from the Champions League.
Chelsea, in the meantime, sensed a chance themselves however have been unable to persuade the Netherlands worldwide to commit himself to Todd Boehly’s rebuilding undertaking at Stamford Bridge.
Finally, De Jong ended up staying at Barcelona and though he has featured frequently this season, he isn’t a assured starter in Xavi’s facet and admitted he’s removed from happy with enjoying a bit-part function.
Talking forward of tonight’s Nations League recreation in opposition to Poland, he stated: ‘I performed 8 video games this season from which I began 4 video games.
‘Within the greatest recreation, in opposition to Bayern Munich, I got here on as a sub however I wish to play from the start. I simply must ensure that I get well my beginning spot.’
Frenkie de Jong might be a key part of Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands group on the World Cup (Image: Getty)
On the top of the hypothesis over his future, Barcelona successfully led a smear marketing campaign in opposition to De Jong following his refusal to take a pay reduce which led to his personal followers booing him.
Requested if his relationship with Barcelona’s hierarchy had been resolved, De Jong stated pointedly: ‘Between me and my teammates nothing has modified.’
Pushed on whether or not he ever thought of transferring to the Premier League, in the meantime, he added: ‘I already determined in Might that I needed to remain at Barcelona and I by no means modified this choice.
Frenkie de Jong has began 4 of Barcelona’s eight video games this season (Image: Getty)
‘There are such a lot of applications and papers who make issues up. Look, loads has occurred and sure issues have been slightly troubled, however my very own choice was clear from the beginning.’
Talking at a press convention earlier, De Jong additionally admitted that his lack of enjoying time this season has impacted negatively on his health heading into November’s World Cup and once more hinted on the difficulties the uncertainty of the summer time offered.
‘After I play much less, I do discover it,’ he stated. ‘Probably not when it comes to the technical side since you nonetheless know methods to play soccer, however extra so within the bodily side.
‘I can’t give an excessive amount of particulars away. However look.. the membership has it’s personal thought’s and I’ve my very own thought’s too and typically this clashes with one another.
‘However on the finish of the day issues went okay.’
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