Xavi says he wants Frenkie de Jong to be a centre back – Man United News And Transfer News

Barcelona head coach Xavi has made a stunning assertion about Frenkie de Jong’s anticipated future ought to he keep at Barcelona.

Barça wish to promote the midfielder and have agreed phrases with Manchester United over a €75 million deal, however the participant has to this point refused to depart.

The Blaugrana owe De Jong €17 million in again pay and it’s believed there’s a standoff through which he is not going to depart the membership till it’s paid, and through which the membership can’t afford to, or are unwilling to, pay it.

There was some doubt as as to if De Jong would journey with the staff on their pre-season tour of the USA, with president Joan Laporta insisting it was as much as Xavi whether or not to take him or not.

The Dutchman did board the aircraft, however then was not chosen for the opening match of the tour in opposition to Inter Miami.

When he got here on as substitute within the second half, he was performed as a centre again.

The identical occurred right now as Barça beat Actual Madrid 1-0 in El Classico, making this appear extra of a deliberate redeployment than a stopgap, and after the match Xavi was requested about De Jong’s future.

“I’ve spoken with him. I worth him very a lot,” the coach responded.

“For me he’s a elementary footballer, however then there’s the monetary scenario and truthful play.

“He can provide us quite a bit as centre again. I like him in that place.”

The feedback are fairly astounding given the present scenario. Xavi is suggesting he intends to reinvent one of many world’s greatest midfielders as a centre again.

Particularly when contemplating that the membership have two first selection centre backs and are at present attempting to signal one other in Jules Koundé, the remark might be interpreted as a risk to De Jong that he is not going to be allowed to play in midfield ought to he keep on the Camp Nou.

This, in flip, would counsel that the membership continues to be doing its greatest to attempt to push the participant out by truthful means or foul.

It appears unlikely that such veiled threats may have any affect on the participant if his motive in hanging on is just to make certain of receiving the cash he’s owed. Nonetheless, if he genuinely was nonetheless hoping that there was an opportunity he may decide up the place he left off as an everyday beginning midfielder, Xavi’s phrases might be the demise knell for such aspirations.