‘You never know’ – Joan Laporta says of De Jong

Frenkie De Jong
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A lot has been said about Frenkie de Jong and his transfer saga.

The Barcelona midfielder has been linked with a move to Manchester United, but there have been issues with his contract over wages and deferred payments.

De Jong has vowed not to leave Barcelona, and Barcelona president Joan Laporta has now reacted to it.

“The first thing to say is we want Frenkie to stay at Barcelona. We love the player and him as a human being,” Laporta told CBS Soccer.

“I want him to stay at Barcelona. He’s a high quality player and a good guy. I also know that he wants to stay.

“In football you never know. I can’t say categorically [he will stay]. It all depends on the different parties.

“But in principle I can say there is a strong possibility he stays and I will do my best for him to stay at Barcelona.”

According to reports, the club has asked De Jong to take a pay cut, however Laporta is insisting that there is no pressure on him to do so.

“All we are doing with Frenkie is the same as the rest of the squad,” he explained.

“The signings coming in have adjusted their salary to the new structure. But Frenkie has a contract and we respect that. We can’t force him to take a pay cut. It’s his decision.”