Barcelona president says Manchester United target Frenkie De Jong is not for sale

Frenkie De Jong will not be moving this January (Picture: Getty Images)

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has ruled out any chance of Frenkie De Jong leaving the club, saying the midfielder is not for sale.

Manchester United’s pursuit of the Dutchman was one of the transfer sagas of the summer but, although looking close at times, the Red Devils never got their man.

The 25-year-old was always keen to stay at Barca and he has been a key figure since the summer, playing in 14 of the team’s 15 La Liga games.

Xavi’s side are top of the table and Laporta does not want to upset their momentum, ruling out the sale of De Jong and describing him as an ‘appealing footballer’.

‘About De Jong, I admit there were clubs interested in buying him last summer, but he was not for sale and he won’t be,’ said Laporta on Thursday.

‘De Jong is a very appealing footballer, we know that, but I insist he’s not for sale. No matter what can be discussed in internal meetings, there’s a club opinion above everything. And from the club point of view, De Jong is not for sale.’

Ousmane Dembele is another Barca star who has been linked with a move away from the club, understandably so as his current contract expires in 2024, but Laporta says the Frenchman is not for sale and there is no rush to look at a new deal.

‘He’s not for sale,’ Laporta said of Dembele. ‘Contract extension? We’ll talk about that when the time comes.

‘He’s one of the most important players in the team. He feels he’s important. I’d say he’s one of our big guns. He’s as quick as a lightning. He’s not for sale, not even for €70m.’

Demebele has manaed to put the injury woes of previous seasons largely behind him during this campaign, making 15 La Liga appearances, 11 in the starting XI, and scoring four goals.

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