EXCLUSIVE! Frenkie De Jong Breaks Silence On Failed Man Utd Move As He Delivers Brutal Truth Over Barcelona Transfer Saga

Frenkie de Jong has finally spoken out about his aborted transfer to Manchester United this summer, strongly implying that he had never considered moving to Old Trafford.

The acquisition of his former protege was United manager Erik ten Hag's top objective this summer. In fact, the Red Devils spent the better part of three months attempting to persuade the player to move after first attempting to negotiate a fee with Barcelona. The fact that United were able to finalise a deal for Casemiro in just a few days is evidence that the pursuit ended in frustration.

Since then, the drama has caused United director of football John Murtough to experience a bitter epiphany regarding the pursuit of De Jong. He is aware that future transfer attempts will need to teach him some valuable lessons as a result.

Despite the difficulty in sealing the deal, Barcelona were always keen to sell. United struck a fee in the region of £63m, plus add-ons, that would have gone a long way to easing their financial burden.

But De Jong was adamant he did not want to move. And United surely must have known the writing was on the wall when a damning report listed 10 reasons why De Jong was opposed to the transfer.

Now De Jong has broken his silence on the move and admits things were not plain sailing. However, he also hints he was adamant that he did not want to leave, confirming assumptions that United wasted their time in chasing him.

“I always wanted to stay at Barcelona and this is why I always remained calm in the summer,” the 25-year-old explained, making it clear he was never too keen on joining United.

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De Jong went on to admit that, although Barcelona were pushing for his sale, he very much had a different opinion on his future.

“I can’t give too much details away. But look.. the club has it’s own idea’s and I have my own idea’s too. And sometimes this clashes with each other. But at the end of the day things went okay.”

De Jong has since gone on to start three LaLiga games for Barcelona, coming off the bench in the other three. He also has one Champions League start to his name.

Speaking ahead of the Netherlands’ Nations League clashes against Poland and Belgium, his national coach Louis van Gaal says he wishes De Jong was playing a little more frequently.

It’s the same for Memphis Depay, who also opted to stay at Barcelona and has also had a limited taste of action.

“It is true that many players called me in the transfer window,” he said. “But I always ended every conversation with: ‘This is my advice, but you make your own decision’.

“I am happy with the outcome. But I would be happier if Frenkie and Memphis would play more than they are now.”