Frenkie de Jong has reaffirmed his commitment to Barcelona, dismissing persistent transfer rumors surrounding him during his tenure at the club.
Over the past few years, De Jong has frequently been at the center of transfer speculation, with Manchester United being the most frequently mentioned destination.
In the previous summer, the Dutch midfielder seemed on the verge of moving from Camp Nou to Old Trafford, and president Joan Laporta disclosed that the club turned down a €100 million bid for him this year. Nevertheless, De Jong has once again emphasized his intention to remain at Barca.
“I always wanted to be at Barca,” De Jong told El Periodico. “In these first years we had not won La Liga, nor gone far in the Champions League. We had only won one Copa del Rey. To succeed at Barca I had a lot left. And I also saw that the team was improving that summer. High level players arrived and that’s why I wanted to continue. It is the club of my dreams and I want to be here all my life. I didn’t want to leave suddenly.”
Last summer, rumors of De Jong’s potential departure were fueled in large part by Barcelona’s necessity to generate funds.
On that situation, he said: “Economically, Barca is not in its best moment. And they could get a lot of money for me. Maybe the club thought it was good to sell me and have that money. But I didn’t want to leave. It was always clear to me. I did not want to. That’s why I was very calm. I had decided.”