Frenkie de Jong opens up on relationship with Barcelona supervisor Xavi

Frenkie de Jong opens up on relationship with Barcelona manager Xavi

Frenkie de Jong has insisted he parts no blame on Xavi for making an attempt to pressure him out of Barcelona in the summertime.

The Dutch midfielder’s proposed transfer to Manchester United stole headlines with La Blaugrana going so far as agreeing a charge with United for De Jong’s switch, however a transfer by no means materialised with him intent on staying on the membership.

De Jong endured a gradual begin to the season, unable to interrupt into the primary XI with many suspecting that supervisor Xavi doesn’t see him as a key half to his plans, however performed all 90 minutes in every of Barcelona’s closing 4 La Liga fixtures earlier than the World Cup break.

However the 25-year-old has spoken on his relationship with the boss, explaining to Telegraaf: “I by no means bought the sensation that Xavi was towards me.”

He added: “To the media he stated that he was pleased with me however that there’s additionally the monetary a part of the membership.

“I actually don’t put the blame on Xavi.”

De Jong’s feedback seem to substantiate the membership’s need to promote him in the summertime when affords got here in, with Barcelona’s perilous monetary state of affairs well-known to the world.

Regardless of not promoting the midfielder, who they purchased for some €75m in 2019, Barcelona nonetheless managed to carve out an acton-packed window the place they bolstered the squad with new signings, activating a number of financial levers alongside the best way.

United pushed arduous to signal the Dutchman, who was one among Erik ten Hag’s switch priorities, however have been resigned to defeat and opted to signal Actual Madrid’s Casemiro as a substitute, later within the window.

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