Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong has clarified his decision of staying at Barcelona.

Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong has clarified his decision of staying at Barcelona.

The Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong has given insight on his decision to stay at Barcelona this summer despite of intriguing offers from Manchester United and Chelsea.

De Jong said in an interview to ESPN that he never wanted to leave Barça, and it was always clear for him. Barça were considering a De Jong sale to Manchester United to ease the financial issues and had reportedly agreed on a €85 million deal with the Red Devils. But De Jong has openly admitted his intentions of staying at the Catalan club.

“Of course it’s calmer now than during the transfer window,” De Jong said ahead of Thursday’s UEFA Nations League game between the Netherlands and Poland.

“But I have to say that, for me, it was always clear what I wanted. That’s why I was also able to stay calm during that period.”

There were differences between Barça and De Jong’s camp regarding wages. Barça had agreed on making De Jong one of the highest earners at the club but later they were desperately looking for a way to get out of this contract. De Jong was deferred of a small amount of wages according to various reports. He openly agreed that there were differences between the club’s board and his camp.

“There were a lot of rumours and a lot happened,” De Jong added.

“I can’t say in detail what happened. Look, sometimes the club has different ideas than me. Sometimes those ideas collide with each other. But, in principle, it was always fine.

“Of course, it was different from other transfer periods for me. But like I said: I stayed calm because I knew what I wanted early on.

“I wanted to stay at Barcelona and my opinion didn’t change. That’s why I stayed calm because I knew what I wanted.”

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