Frenkie de Jong does not want to leave Barcelona but the Catalan club want him out to improve their financial situation.
As per today’s version of Sport, there is a new message for De Jong i.e. leave or forget about playing in the midfield.
Xavi is giving a clear indication that there is no place for the Dutch midfielder in the center of the park.
The Barcelona boss used De Jong in the central defense with Ronald Araujo against Inter Miami.
Moreover, vs Real Madrid, the former Ajax man once again came on in the second half to feature in the central defense with Garcia first and then with Pique.
The 25-year-old has been assured that if he stays at Barca, it will be extremely difficult for him to feature in the midfield. The Blaugrana already have an agreement with Man United and it is reported that even Chelsea are interested in signing him.
Xavi has denied that he is giving any message but indicated that the player could be sold due to financial reasons. He stated:
“I do not send any messages to anyone. He can be adapted in the central position. I value him a lot as a footballer. I have had very important private conversations that I will not reveal here.”
Then there is the economic situation of the club and the issue of ‘fair play’, but playing as a center back he can give us a lot. We want the center-back to divide and he does it very well”
Next up, Barcelona will collide against Juventus tomorrow night and it will not come as any surprise to see De Jong feature as a center back again.