According to Sport, Frenkie De Jong was anticipated to play a ‘decisive’ role for the Blaugrana this season, but he has only made four starts out of a potential 12.
Notably selected on the bench for Barcelona’s crucial Champions League match against Inter Milan at home on Wednesday in which he came in as a 64th-minute substitute. But couldn’t prevent his club from slipping to a disastrous 3-3 result – the former Ajax star has been left angry at Xavi.
The Spaniard chose a midfield combination of veteran Sergio Busquets and starlets Gavi and Pedri over him and summer addition Franck Kessie. With the small matter of a Clasico fixture on the horizon this Sunday, his chances of starting are slim.
Why is Frenkie De Jong disgusted with FC Barcelona?
Despite the fact that Busquets, is in decline, Xavi does not see him as his long-term succession at the base of midfield, contrary to how Ten Hag intends to use him.
He is dissatisfied with the Barcelona manager, who has also rested him against Bayern Munich, Sevilla, Rayo Vallecano, and Celta Vigo. Manchester United’s interest of De Jong might be reignited by his present circumstances at Camp Nou.
The United manager picked his former Ajax prodigy as the lynchpin of his Red Devils team for years to come shortly after being appointed in April, and ESPN recently said that Ten Hag hasn’t been discouraged by his refusal to join his Old Trafford revolution.
Will he leave FC Barcelona in January transfer window?
This may be a significant boost for United, since he is thought to be unhappy with his circumstances in Spain, making him more receptive to a move to Old Trafford.
This comes just days after ESPN claimed that Erik Ten Hag is unfazed by the midfielder’s refusal to quit the Spanish giants in the summer.
United did complete a deal with Real Madrid for Casemiro, but it is hoped that Ten Hag can get he to join him at Old Trafford and play alongside the Brazilian. However, it looks that Ten Hag is still interested in bringing De Jong to Manchester United. Will he ultimately land his man this winter or next summer?