Frenkie de Jong delivers fresh Man Utd transfer response after Barcelona’s El Clasico win

Frenkie de Jong was Man United's top target in the summer window, but he stayed put at Barca, and delivered a clear transfer message after the El Clasico victory.

Long-term Manchester United target and Dutch playmaker Frenkie de Jong has reiterated he is very happy at Spotify Camp Nou after he was yet again questioned about a possible move to Old Trafford come summer.

De Jong has been linked with Manchester United for almost the entire time Erik ten Hag has been in charge.

The United manager previously worked with the Dutch midfielder at Ajax, and both have moved on to greater and better things since then.

Ten Hag has made a positive impact at Manchester United, recently guiding them to their first trophy since 2017.

Meanwhile, De Jong has been an integral player for Barcelona since he joined them from Ajax in 2019.

There was a lot of talk last summer about De Jong reuniting with Ten Hag at Manchester.

With Barcelona’s financial woes and United’s desire to reinforce in midfield, it felt like a sensible option.

But, an agreement could not be reached in the end, with De Jong reluctant to move away from Barcelona.

Eventually, Man Utd realigned their radars to Barca’s La Liga arch-rivals and bought Casemiro from Real Madrid instead.

Yet, some of Casemiro’s recent absences, as well as Christian Eriksen’s absence, have highlighted Manchester United may need to strengthen more in their midfield.

As a result, the rumours of them re-signing De Jong have re-emerged.

After beating Real Madrid in El Clasico with a last-grab winner at Camp Nou in La Liga on Sunday night, De Jong was quizzed to clarify his future yet again by a reporter from Ziggo Sport, who questioned him: “You won’t join Manchester United in the summer, correct?”

De Jong said: “No, I don’t think so. You never know of course. But I’m very happy in Barcelona.

“From the summer until now it has improved for me here. I play almost every game, it makes me feel so satisfied. I am a better player now than what I was when I signed for Barça.”

While De Jong is still not convinced to leave Camp Nou, United are a more appealing proposition to join owing to the progress Ten Hag has made this season.

United are well-placed to qualify for the Champions League, and the club’s worst trophy drought in almost 40 years ended in February.

The Reds also remain in contention to win the Europa League and FA Cup this season, while Barcelona is on course for their first La Liga title in 4 years, and De Jong has reclaimed his starting spot after momentarily losing it.

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