De Jong ‘always wanted to stay at Barcelona’


Manchester United undertook a very public pursuit of Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, but the midfielder never wanted to leave Camp Nou.

Frenkie de Jong “always wanted to stay at Barcelona” despite heavy interest from Manchester United during the transfer window.

Netherlands international De Jong has been the subject of a long-running saga, with former Ajax midfield boss Erik ten Hag reportedly desperate to build his new-look United side around him.

The move appeared likely after it was suggested De Jong was owed €17 million in deferred wages and was asked to sign a new contract with a pay cut of around 40 percent.

However, the switch never materialised, with United instead signing Casemiro from Real Madrid in a bid to strengthen their midfield.

Speaking about international duty this week, De Jong admitted things had not gone smoothly between him and Barca, but he never considered leaving Camp Nou.

“I always wanted to stay at Barcelona and that’s why I always stayed calm in the summer,” said the 25-year-old.

“I can’t give away too many details. But look, the club has its own ideas and I have my own ideas and sometimes it clashes with each other. But at the end of the day, everything was fine.” ”

De Jong is part of the Netherlands squad for the upcoming Nations League matches against Poland and Belgium.

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