According to a report from SPORT, coach Xavi Hernandez considered the idea Frenkie de Jong plans to inherit the position left by Sergio Busquets. The current contract between Busquets and Barcelona will expire at the end of the 2022/2023 season.
According to the Spanish press, coach Xavi Hernandez convinced Busquets to stick with the Nou Camp team until the end of the 2022/2023 season.
The departure of the old Spaniard poses a difficult personnel problem for the Nou Camp team. Midfielder Martin Zubimendi has been linked to Barcelona recently. However, the transfer fee of 60 million euros from the Real Sociedad star is making it difficult for Barcelona.
Therefore, Xavi needs to plan B. One of them is to plan De Jong to replace Busquets. The Dutch midfielder is considered a pillar of Barcelona. Xavi plans to use De Jong as a defensive midfielder, alongside the support of two young talents Gavi and Pedri.
“Many teams are interested in De Jong, but he is not for sale,” Barcelona president Joan Laporta told Cadena SER.
Mr. Nguyen | 11:49 07/01/2023