De Jong was chased by United all summer time (Image: Getty)
Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has steered he ‘would have been happier’ to see Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay go away Barcelona this summer time.
Erik ten Hag was determined to deliver de Jong to Manchester United this summer time however the midfielder would finally stay at Camp Nou regardless of a £63million agreed with the Premier League aspect.
Regardless of a full pre-season and being among the many membership’s high earners, de Jong has began simply three of Barcelona’s six La Liga video games this time period with Gavi, Pedri and Sergio Busquets nonetheless Xavi’s most popular midfield three.
Depay in the meantime has began Barcelona’s final two video games, scoring within the weekend victory over Elche after sitting on the bench for the primary 4.
The previous United ahead was linked with a return to Previous Trafford through the summer time months together with his supporting position within the Barcelona aspect persevering with after the arrival of Robert Lewandowski.
With van Gaal looking forward to his gamers to be enjoying common first-team soccer forward of this winter’s World Cup, he has steered the duo would have benefited from altering golf equipment.
Requested about de Jong and Depay, van Gaal stated: ‘The storm is now over and I need to say that it has been pleasing to me.
Depay scored for Barcelona on the weekend (Image: Getty)
‘However now they’re enjoying usually once more. Though I’d be even happier if Memphis and Frenkie play much more usually. I can’t say that every part didn’t go effectively within the switch window.’
Quite a lot of van Gaal’s Dutch internationals had busy summers with Steven Bergwijn and Matthijs de Ligt altering golf equipment together with Tyrell Malacia, who left Feyenoord for United.
Jurrien Timber and Cody Gakpo had been two different names on United’s radar, with the Ajax defender opting to remain in Amsterdam with curiosity cooling within the latter following the signing of Antony.
Van Gaal spoke to each gamers about their futures in the summertime however insists he advised each to make a last resolution based mostly on their very own judgement.
‘Many gamers have referred to as me, that’s certainly true,’ stated Van Gaal.
‘I’ve at all times ended the conversations with the phrases: that is recommendation, you need to at all times keep near your self and make the selection your self.’
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