Frenkie de Jong breaks his silence on his summer of turmoil at Barcelona as he insists he ‘ALWAYS wanted to stay’ at the Spanish giants despite their desire to sell him – but admits his ideas ‘clashed’ with the club’s amid Man United interest
- Frenkie de Jong has spoken publicly on his chaotic summer for the first time
- The Dutchman seemingly confirmed Barcelona wanted to sell him to United
- But he said he never considered a move away and was always happy to stay
- Erik ten Hag made the midfielder his number one target in the window
Frenkie de Jong has broken his silence on the Manchester United transfer saga that dominated the summer as he seemingly confirmed Barcelona wanted him to leave against his wishes.
The Dutch star was incoming Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag’s number one target and a £63million fee had been agreed with the Spanish club to bring him to Old Trafford.
But agreeing personal terms proved too difficult, with the 25-year-old determined to stay with the LaLiga giants.
Frenkie de Jong says he always wanted to stay at Barcelona despite Man Utd’s summer interest
The Dutch star admitted that he and the Spanish club were not always on the same page
Barcelona were keen on cashing in on De Jong as they looked to ease their perilous financial situation. United were willing to pay around £65million to secure the Dutchman’s signature, a figure the Barca hierarchy were keen on taking.
Yet De Jong, despite the club owning him a hefty sum in wages, stood firm and has now addressed the situation while on media duty for Holland’s upcoming Nations League fixtures with Poland and Belgium.
It had been widely known that De Jong wanted to stay and Barca had hoped to sell him to bring in much-needed funds. The Spanish club’s treatment of the player attracted widespread criticism and reportedly caught the eye of global union Fifpro.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, De Jong said: ‘Chelsea and Man United interest? I already decided in May that I wanted to stay at Barcelona. I never changed this decision during the summer.
Erik ten Hag had made De Jong his number on target this summer but the move didn’t happen
He later added that at times during the summer he and Barcelona did not always agree on where he would be playing his football this season.
‘I can’t give too much detail away,’ he said. ‘But look.. the club has it’s own ideas and I have my own ideas too and sometimes this clashes with each other. But at the end of the day things went okay.’
United spent most of the summer chasing De Jong – despite it being widely considered a forlorn chase.
Ten Hag hoped to reunite with De Jong but the Dutchman never indicated he wanted to leave
De Jong, who joined Barca for £65m in January 2019, never indicated he wanted to go to United. As the weeks ticked down it became clear that Ten Hag, keen on a reunion with a player who was a focal point of his Ajax side, would need to find alternative options.
United eventually signed Christian Eriksen on a free transfer and, after abandoning their pursuit of De Jong, splashed out £70m to bring in Casemiro from Real Madrid.
Both players have been quick hits at Old Trafford and after a disappointing start to the season, United are now on a four-match winning run in the Premier League.