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De Jong’s future in Barcelona subjected to speculation

Oviri Kelvin

Frenkie De Jong’s future at Barcelona has been subjected to speculations due to his nonperformance as expected of a high-priced player.

He was bought by the Blaugrana in 2019 at £65m from Ajax. Ajax and Barcelona share the same good footballing philosophy and history and on this, it was widely attested that the player would fit into the Blaugrana style of play.

Barcelona has expected De Jong to justify the monetary value of his transfer from Ajax but the Dutch have consistently been shabby in his deliveries on the pitch.

The Blaugrana, who are already out of the Champions League, are still wallowing in deep financial, sporting, and institutional problems.

However, with Xavi taking over as the manager of the club, there have been improvements in the team’s overall performances.

Going by these improvements, the club, through the assistance of the sporting director, Mateu Alemany, was able to provide the attacking reinforcements requested by Xavi in the January transfer window.

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All hopes are not lost as Frenkie De Jong still has the remaining half of the season to prove himself or else, his fate out of the club in the summer transfer window is more or less sealed.

De Jong in his recent interview with NOS said, “The club’s struggles have surprised me sometimes, but I still think the same about Barca.

“It is not the best club at this moment, but it is still the most beautiful club in the world,” he added.

Meanwhile, the player’s move to Barcelona in 2019 from Ajax at $85m was earlier commended and appreciated by a vast majority of the Barcelona fans with the belief that the club’s successes will be built around the Netherland international.

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