Targeted by Manchester United, Frankie de Jong is still in the plans of his current coach Xavi at FC Barcelona, who wants him to stay “longer” at the club.
This summer, Frankie de Jong is at risk from all sides. The Dutch midfielder will be a top priority for Erik ten Haag, who will reach the Manchester United bench at the end of the season. But his current club, FC Barcelona, is unwilling to let him go and is counting on him next year, as Xavi confirmed at a press conference on Saturday.
In front of reporters, the Blaugrana coach explained that he hardly had time to establish his own playing style, which should not improve the situation with de Jong’s departure. “We didn’t discuss it, Xavi explained. Frankie is an important player for the team and for me. By his quality, his skills and his personality, he should mark an era at the club.”
“He may be one of the best in the world”
“It has to be continued, chained to the coach, who came to the club at the start of the season. He can continue to score goals, assist, lead the game. He’s one of the best central midfielders. Could be a world. It depends on him, but if it’s up to me, he’ll be at the club for many more years.” For now, de Jong is under contract at Barca until 2026.
Again this season, the 24-year-old Dutchman is one of the essential squad in his team, which is currently second in La Liga. In the league, he played 42 matches in all competitions. If he is tracked so much by Ten Hague, it is because he has developed under his orders at Ajax between 2017 and 2019. In midfield, United are looking for reinforcements to make up for the possible departure of Paul Pogba.