Frenkie de Jong insists he is ‘very happy’ at Barcelona and wants to stay at the Nou Camp for ‘many years’ amid fresh speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.
Erik ten Hag wanted to bring De Jong to Old Trafford last summer and United submitted multiple offers for the Netherlands international.
Barcelona were willing to sell De Jong but the player essentially refused to leave, forcing Ten Hag to look elsewhere for midfield reinforcements.
Manchester United signed Casemiro and Christian Eriksen last summer but are still interested in a deal for De Jong, who joined Barca from Ajax in 2019.
Ten Hag is expected to sign a new midfielder this summer and De Jong will likely be at the top of his wish-list.
But Manchester United may need to end their pursuit of De Jong, who says he is ‘very happy’ at Barcelona and planning to stay at the Spanish giants for ‘many years’.
‘I’m very calm here, very happy at Barcelona,’ he told Spanish radio station RAC1. ‘I hope to stay at Barca for many years.’
De Jong was part of the Barcelona side that were knocked out of the Europa League by Manchester United last month.
Speaking before the first leg at the Nou Camp, Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes urged his former club to revive their interest in De Jong.
‘Yeah of course,’ Scholes told BT Sport when asked if United should launch a fresh move for the Dutchman.
First appear at Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong sends clear message to Manchester United amid fresh transfer links