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Jordi Cruyff talks de Jong, Depay and Barcelona’s approach in the summer market



New sporting director of FC Barcelona has opened up about the situations of Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay, saying that the Dutch duo has gotten their fair share of minutes this season and it’s because of the current circumstances that their participation has reduced.

Both Depay and de Jong were on the verge of leaving Barcelona in the summer. The former was linked with the move to Juventus, but as the team from Turin decided to go with Arkadiusz Milik instead, the former Manchester United forward stayed put.

The situation with de Jong was a tad a bit different. The 25-year-old was put on the market as Barcelona struggled to manage finances and the registration of new players. 

The Blaugrana even had a principle agreement in place with Manchester United, but the player’s reluctance to agree to personal terms forced Barcelona to close the operation.

This season, there has been a viable impact in the number of minutes the duo has received. However, despite the stacked roster and Xavi’s preferred line-up, Depay and de Jong both started and impressed against Cadiz and Elche.

Speaking about the sitch, Cryuff said that the lack of minutes is mostly down to the fact that Xavi already has a lot of pressure. Since the coach only thinks about winning, the lineup is made based on that particular state of mind.

“I think they have played their matches,” the 48-year-old told NOS“They have been there from the preparation and they were both in the starting lineup in the last game.

“There is a lot of pressure on the trainer to win, so he does not think about other things. He only thinks about winning and based on that he makes his line-up,” he added.

Meanwhile, the 48-year-old also shed light on Barcelona’s approach in the summer transfer market, saying that it wasn’t an ideal situation for everyone involved. 

“I’ve been there for about a year, but my role has become a bit more active now, especially in the transfer period. It’s not an easy situation. I hear a lot of opinions, without people knowing what the Spanish Fairplay rules are like, very strict compared to the rest of Europe.”

“As a result, not only Barcelona is having a difficult time, but a lot of Spanish clubs. You don’t read that everywhere.

“But okay, I think we have had a fairly good transfer period. You can see that in particular in the fact that our stadium is again The whole city has revived and the fans believe in the project again,” added the son of legendary Dutchman Johan Cruyff.

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