Xavi tells Frenkie de Jong he must cut salary in half and play centre back

spanish language As well as rumors that Frenkie de Jong and Barcelona head coach Xavi had heated discussions about Frenkie’s future with the Spanish team.



It has been widely believed that Barça and Man United have reached an agreement worth €75 million plus €10 million for the Dutchman’s services, but De Jong has so far refused to sign.

The press is divided on whether his unwillingness to go is merely a negotiating ploy because the Catalans owe him €17 million in back pay or whether he actually believes that the Camp Nou is where he will spend the rest of his career.

A odd turn of events for one of the top midfielders in the world, according to The Peoples Person, was when Xavi said after the Classico friendly in Las Vegas late last night that he now sees De Jong as a center back.

AS now asserts that the two spoke about the future in a post-game meeting.

“Xavi… is aware that the club needs to let go of some of the highest-paid players in the present roster in order to sign new players.

Due to the odd wage increase that Bartomeu enforced while serving as president, Frenkie de Jong is one of the top scorers from this season.

“Xavi made it clear that he is depending on him…

that he still has a lot to learn and can play in more places than just midfield, and that his goal is to elevate him to center back, where he has been in the previous two friendlies, for instance.

But he also made clear that he must put in some effort if he wanted to take part in this project. And part of that endeavor entails cutting his income by practically half.

“Xavi can only ensure that he will continue to play for Barcelona in this fashion.

“According to sources in the locker room, Xavi and Frenkie came away from the meeting happy,”

Any player who is informed that his salary will be cut in half, that the €17 million that is owed to him will not be paid, and that he must retrain as a center back is unlikely to come away from the meeting feeling content.

The Blaugrana, who have been living past their means for so long and still do so, seem to be engaging in nothing more than a nasty game of bullying and intimidation.

The inconceivable predicament that the new president, Joan Laporta, has contributed to is that four new signings cannot be registered until De Jong departs, yet they cannot afford to give him his due severance compensation.

The length of time United will let the drama play out before shifting their focus is unknown. United are currently waiting.

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