Frenkie de Jong continued his depressing preseason yesterday amidst Manchester United’s ongoing pursuit.
FC Barcelona performed out a 2-2 draw in opposition to Juventus in Las Vegas yesterday and the Dutchman put in a poor efficiency that contributed to the Serie A facet’s equaliser.
De Jong was as soon as once more used as a second-half substitute, which means that he has not began a single sport on the Catalan big’s preseason tour.
Not solely that, however he has not performed a single minute in midfield both.
Utilizing him once more as a centre-back, Xavier Hernandez seems to be giving De Jong a window into his coming season ought to he refuse to slash his wages for a second time.
And with new signing Andreas Christensen becoming a member of Gerard Pique and Eric Garcia forward of the previous Ajax participant within the pecking order – earlier than contemplating Barca’s curiosity in Jules Kounde – the Netherlands worldwide might even begin to surprise over his World Cup place.
Louis van Gaal has beforehand acknowledged that gamers have to be enjoying commonly for his or her golf equipment if they’re to play for him, though a cynic may counsel that the Dutch supervisor solely got here up with that rule to dissuade Jurrien Timber from transferring to Previous Trafford.
In any case, a midfielder of De Jong’s high quality being a (probably) fifth selection central defender appears absurd.
Not fairly as absurd as failing to pay your workers whereas making an attempt to spend €213m on new ones, however absurd nonetheless.
Whereas Xavi has spoken positively about De Jong as a centre-back, his use of him appears to be a calculated effort to get him out the door.
And with Barcelona’s La Liga registration deadline ever nearer, the subsequent two weeks may see main improvement on this saga.
Th wage deferral concern which has held up the switch is reportedly excessive on Barcelona’s agenda, with compromise talks ongoing.