Xavi speaks out on Frenkie de Jong’s future at Barcelona amid Manchester United and Chelsea hyperlinks

Xavi has discussed Frenkie de Jong's future at Barcelona
Xavi has mentioned Frenkie de Jong’s future at Barcelona (Footage: Getty)

Xavi insists he ‘actually likes’ Frenkie de Jong however has recommended Barcelona may promote the Manchester United and Chelsea goal to enhance the membership’s funds.

Barcelona are taking part in a harmful recreation as they proceed to splash the money on summer season signings regardless of being in additional than £1bn of debt.

Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha are the newest big-money signings to reach on the Nou Camp, with offers for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Manchester Metropolis’s Bernardo Silva additionally within the works.

Given the spending spree, Barcelona may look to dump quite a lot of gamers earlier than the switch deadline, with Netherlands worldwide De Jong attracting curiosity from Manchester United and Chelsea.

Xavi views De Jong as a ‘key participant’ at Barca however admits a call over his future may very well be taken out of his arms given the membership’s monetary scenario.

‘We’ve had non-public conversations which can be essential, that I cannot reveal right here,’ Xavi stated after Barcelona’s 1-0 win over La Liga rivals Actual Madrid on Sunday.

‘He’s a key participant, however then there’s the financial scenario and Monetary Honest Play.’

Barca star De Jong in action during a pre-season friendly
Barca star De Jong in motion throughout a pre-season pleasant (Image: Getty)

De Jong was named on the bench for Barcelona’s newest pre-season pleasant and performed in defence after approaching at half-time.

Requested if he was sending a message to De Jong by taking part in him as a defender, Xavi replied: ‘I’m not sending messages to anybody. I like him loads as a participant.

‘Taking part in as a centre-back, he can provide us loads, he can adapt to that place. We would like that the centre-back distributes the ball and he does it very properly.’

Manchester United have been linked with a transfer for De Jong all through the summer season however the 25-year-old would favor to stay at Barcelona.

Pink Devils boss Erik ten Hag labored with De Jong at Ajax and is determined to convey him to Previous Trafford, having already secured offers for Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez.

Chelsea have additionally expressed curiosity in signing De Jong as Thomas Tuchel appears to be like to bolster his midfield choices and enhance on final season’s third-place end within the Premier League.

Xavi, in the meantime, was happy with Barcelona’s efficiency in opposition to Actual Madrid, telling reporters: ‘Right here there are not any friendlies, there are alternatives, and much more so in opposition to Madrid.

‘We wish to win, to compete, and we may have killed off the sport, however I noticed plenty of optimistic issues.

‘We are able to enhance, though when it comes to our bodily stage we’re nonetheless in pre-season. I’m more than pleased with the emotions after the win.’

On the contributions of his new signings, Xavi added: ‘Raphinha made the distinction, he’s dynamic and he can play on each wings.

‘Robert [Lewandowski] is a world-class star, he tailored in a short time. I’m completely satisfied, the brand new gamers will give competitors up entrance and everybody must get up shortly.’

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