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Frenkie de Jong’s agent responds to accusation of ‘faking’ illness

Frenkie de Jong’s agent has responded to claims that he missed the Champions League match against Royal Antwerp due to a faked illness.

Barcelona manager Xavi confirmed that De Jong missed Barcelona’s Champions League 3-2 defeat against Royal Antwerp due to illness.

However, RAC1 claimed on Thursday that sporting director Deco has accused Frenkie de Jong of “faking” an illness after talking to him on the phone. They reportedly then got involved in a verbal argument.

De Jong’s agent Ali Dursun told De Telegraaf: “Total fake news. It is the biggest nonsense that has been released around Frenkie in a long time. The player is just sick. He has symptoms of fever and has been unable to travel and play. This boy is a professional through and through. Just a model professional. Just don’t touch Frenkie’s reputation, because he always delivers. There was no shouting over the phone as claimed, no question marks. Things are being created now in a false way. The relationship with Deco is simply good and stable.”

Barcelona qualified for the Champions League last 16 round as Group winners despite a 3-2 defeat against Royal Antwerp. De Jong is expected to play for Barcelona against Valencia in La Liga on Saturday.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.


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