Frenkie de Jong may need been chosen to go on Barcelona’s pre-season tour of america, however he might have wished he had stayed at residence.
The Dutchman is on the centre of a protracted switch saga involving Manchester United.
Having initially insisted De Jong will not be on the market, Barcelona reached full settlement with United for a €75m + €10m price and instructed the participant he should depart.
Nevertheless, being settled in Cataluyna and being owed €17 million in again pay by the Blaugrana, De Jong has to date refused to go away.
As United wait and hope, the 25 12 months outdated has gone on Barça’s pre-season tour of the States after president Joan Laporta declared it was as much as head coach Xavi whether or not his participant ought to journey.
However within the first match of the tour, a 6-0 thrashing of Inter Miami, De Jong was not chosen within the beginning XI, signalling an intention on the a part of the teaching workers to begin planning with out him.
However the actual ignominy got here within the second half, when wholesale adjustments have been made as is the norm in warm-up matches resembling these.
De Jong lastly obtained to take the sector, however was made to play as a centre half alongside Ronald Araujo (supply: AS).
It’s unknown whether or not directions to make life uncomfortable for the Dutchman got here from on excessive, whether or not this was Xavi’s resolution or whether or not it was that of Oscar Hernandez, who was teaching the crew in Xavi’s absence (the latter was not allowed entry to the USA as a consequence of having labored in Iran).
Regardless of the case, it would actually be perceived as a smack within the face and bullying of the worst order.
Barça are determined to promote the star as they’ve a number of new signings that they can’t register to play till the payroll is diminished. De Jong is likely one of the membership’s greatest earners.
In the meantime, doubtful experiences as soon as once more are claiming Chelsea are contemplating a late problem for the participant, with a bid to come back “in hours”, based on obscure Spanish publication Relevo through The (ever wanting to stir the pot) Mirror.