La Liga: I want to retire in Barcelona – De Jong

La Liga: I want to retire in Barcelona - De Jong

Frenkie de Jong has insisted his long-term future lies with Barcelona despite repeated transfer speculation throughout his time at the club.

Last summer the Dutch midfielder looked close to swapping the Camp Nou for Old Trafford and president Joan Laporta said the club rejected a €100 million offer for him this year. However, De Jong has now reiterated his desire to stay 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.”

Barcelona‘s need to raise funds was one of the main drivers behind speculation suggesting De Jong would be sold last summer.

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.”

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