After Barcelona’s recent decision on the Dutch star, Manchester United fans have sent Frenkie de Jong a message.
Barça substitute Frenkie de Jong stepped in to play center back against Real Madrid.
Barcelona supporters believe they are sending a message to Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong by playing him out of position in a preseason game.
Despite the deadlock in transfer discussions, United are still interested in signing the 25-year-old midfielder. New manager Erik ten Hag has recruited Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, and Lisandro Martinez to help Manchester United rebuild.
Erik Ten Hag, on the other hand, has his eye on Nigel De Jong, a player he coached at Ajax before he became well-known in Europe. Three years ago, United and Barcelona reached an agreement in principle for De Jong to join them.
Despite the fact that he and his Barcelona colleagues had been negotiating his transfer for about three months, De Jong and his teammates went on preseason trip to the United States.
However, after coming off the bench in the last two games, the former Ajax graduate has been used as a center defense.
When Barcelona and Real Madrid played in the early hours of the game on Las Vegas’ Strip, this is exactly what happened.
Raphinha, a summer signing for Barcelona, scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory for the Catalans.
When he was able to continue in a new position, De Jong stole the show. Xavi, the Barcelona manager, preferred to rotate his center midfielders.
When asked about the future of Frenkie De Jong after the game, the Spanish manager said that while he doesn’t like to give messages, De Jong is a good guy, and he loves him and believes he can help the squad as a center back.
An open invitation to the player to leave is clearly communicated in this statement.