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Barcelona president reveals Frenkie de Jong’s choice on summer time switch


Barcelona president Joan Laporta has insisted midfielder Frenkie de Jong has little interest in leaving the membership forward of the upcoming summer time switch window.

De Jong has been an necessary participant for Barca ever since his €75m switch from Ajax in 2019. However his vital worth has all the time made him a saleable asset amid the membership’s main monetary issues and Barca tried to flog the Dutchman to Manchester United nearly two years in the past.

With the Catalans nonetheless not out of the woods financially, De Jong’s future – and people of a number of others together with Ronald Araujo and Pedri – has remained unsure, though the participant himself has all the time maintained he needs to remain and Laporta has confirmed that hasn’t modified.

“He’s delighted [at Barcelona]. The very last thing he would need could be to depart Barcelona. He has advised me greater than as soon as, that he’s delighted right here,” the president advised Mundo Deportivo.

“We’ve [room for a new contract]. We’re delighted with him,” Laporta added.

Frenkie de Jong

De Jong stays necessary to Barcelona / High quality Sport Photographs/GettyImages

“I am not frightened about anybody and if somebody needs to depart, we won’t go towards a participant’s will. However I believe everybody needs to remain and we wish everybody now we have to remain.”

Manchester United retained their curiosity in De Jong, who got here to prominence at Ajax underneath Erik ten Hag, final summer time, whereas Bayern Munich additionally enquired at the moment. He has been routinely linked with Paris Saint-Germain, with Chelsea rumours additionally resurfacing extra lately.

De Jong’s contract at Barcelona, signed within the autumn of 2020, runs till the tip of the 2025/26 season. After a charge had been agreed between the golf equipment, what in the end derailed a proposed switch to Manchester United in the summertime of 2022 following Ten Hag’s arrival was a scarcity of readability over who would pay the participant an excellent sum owed to him in deferred Barca wages.