The Netherlands international midfielder has been closely linked with Manchester United over the past summer, with Erik ten Hag reportedly keen to reunite with the former Ajax star at Old Trafford.
No deal struck, although those at Camp Nou were looking to sell him to reduce the salary block as the 25-year-old now announces he is looking to spend the rest of his career with Barcelona.
De Jong, who is in Qatar with his country for the World Cup, told De Telegraaf about his future plans: “I am very happy at Barcelona. When I play it’s amazing and in terms of living here, life is perfect. I see myself in Barcelona for as long as possible. Personally, I hope it lasts another eight or ten years.
Although he is happy to stay in Barcelona for the time being, de Jong has attacked some club officials (in a veiled reference to Juan Laporta) and accused them of having leaked the details of his contract when speculation raged around him in the last transfer window.
He added, “One day, a newspaper published details of my contract. I didn’t leak those details and only one other party knows about it, so it’s almost certainly the club who did it.
He continued, “I found it very upsetting that the club would do this, but it did not affect me. I blame these people [those who wanted him gone from Barcelona], but I have nothing to do with them. Yes, they are Barcelona to me because they lead the club. But I don’t see them when I’m in the club. I have nothing to do with them in my daily life.”
The midfielder wanted to exonerate Xavi from the whole episode that happened this summer when Barcelona were negotiating with Manchester United.
And he concluded: “It is true that Xavi left the door open to the possibility of my departure, because he never said, “Frenky will stay.” But I don’t blame Xavi. I never felt that Xavi was against me and I think it was difficult for him to talk about all this.
De Jong has played 17 games with Barcelona this season, but has only started in nine of them in the Spanish League, as he faces fierce competition for a starting place in midfield.
Source: Goal and Sport