Frenkie de Jong says he is “very happy” at Barcelona and has downplayed the possibility of signing for Manchester United this summer.
The Netherlands international was one of Erik ten Hag’s top targets last year. However, despite United agreeing to pay Barcelona €85 million (£72 million), the midfielder refused to leave United.
Ten Hag was unable to persuade De Jong to move to Old Trafford, which allowed United to reach a £70 million agreement with Real Madrid to acquire Casemiro.
Although the 25-year-old has made it abundantly clear that he would prefer to remain with Barcelona, it is understood that United have maintained their interest in De Jong ahead of the summer transfer window.
De Jong told Ziggo Sport about a possible move to Manchester United this summer following Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday: ” I don’t think I’ll take that step, no.
“You never know, of course, but at the moment I am very happy at Barcelona.”
Barcelona’s attempts to sell him last summer to improve their financial situation enraged De Jong.
However, the midfielder believes that under Xavi, his personal situation and position in Barcelona’s midfield have improved.
De Jong stated: “In recent months I have been given a lot of freedom by the coach to get the ball and find my own spaces.”
“From the summer to now a lot has changed, it is a lot better now.
“It gives a lot of satisfaction to be able to play like this. I play almost every game and I am very happy here.”