Frenkie de Jong’s future at Barcelona has come under a lot of scrutiny once more over the past few weeks. The Dutchman has been heavily linked with a summer move to Manchester United.
Sources have said Barcelona could consider letting the midfielder go if a lucrative enough offer comes in. However, new reports from Samuel Marsden and Moises Llorens at ESPN state that de Jong is still very much a part of the club’s plans.
Xavi has only given de Jong a run out for the full 90 minutes only twice in Barcelona’s ten previous games, and the 24-year-old was clearly annoyed at being subbed off against Rayo Vallecano.
United’s appointment of de Jong’s former Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag, and the recent substitutions have all added flour to the rumour mill.
However, Xavi clearly said in his press conference ahead of the match against Mallorca, that de Jong is an integral part of his plans and is a very important figure in the future of the club.
Additionally, Manchester United are all but set to miss out on Champions League football next season after a poor campaign in the Premier League.
For a footballer like de Jong, he is still aiming to win big silverware with Barcelona and will want to compete at the highest level of European football.
Despite fond memories of his semifinal run with Ajax and Ten Hag, it is unlikely that the Red Devils will have a higher chance of landing de Jong.