Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is likely to leave the Camp Nou anytime soon, his father has confirmed, despite the fact that “five European clubs” are linked.
De Jong had signed for Barcelona for € 75m in 2019 after emerging as a standout player in the new golden generation of Ajax. But the Dutchman has been struggling this season amid the ongoing turmoil at the Camp Nou and his sale could also help alleviate the financial crisis.
A recent report from Spain suggested that De Jong could be one of 3 top players with new coach Xavi determined to leave his team with Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Sergino Dest.
The player’s father has taken a different view, insisting that the move is not possible in the near future and explaining why clubs like Manchester United or Bayern Munich will not be on the table.
“Munich or Manchester? It’s usually bad weather there. Yes, it’s about football, but it does matter,” John de Jong told a Dutch AD store.
“Yes, I know Barcelona needs money, and a good promise to buy Frankie can help, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon. However, the top five European clubs have invited all of them. ”
Barcelona’s life seems to be very important for the player and his girlfriend, Mikky Kiemeny, and they are currently decorating a new home near Camp Nou.
“They have a great time in Barcelona. Life is good there. I am always there. Even now it is 16 degrees in the sun, ”said De Jong Sr.
“I sometimes sit on a podium before a game and see hundreds of people with a T-shirt with Frank’s name on it. Those Catalans are completely crazy about him. I scratch my arm. Is this really true? “