Manchester United to make €140 million bid to sign Barcelona star, Real Madrid abandon Spurs star and more LaLiga transfer news, January 26, 2019
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#3 Frenkie De Jong
The Dutchman may have been signed by Barcelona but the aftereffects of it have become visible. After signing for the Catalans, De Jong admitted that Pep Guardiola and PSG manager Thomas Tuchel spoke to him personally.
This hasn’t particularly gone down well with Ernesto Valverde. He believes that it is not right for a manager to speak to a player personally when he is contracted to another club.
"Talking to a player who is under contract with another team is something that can't be done," he was quoted as saying.
"You can't talk to a player who is under contract and that's something that isn't in my personal code but suffice to say, everyone has their own way of acting.”
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola also had something to say about De Jong choosing Barcelona over the Etihad outfit. The former Barcelona manager stated that he is not unhappy that the Dutchman rejected City.
"I am not disappointed in him [De Jong]," he said.
He also added that it is hard for City to compete with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona because of how reputed they are.
"It is almost impossible to compete with Barcelona or Madrid due to the prestige they have, the league that they play in and because they are incredible clubs."
Finally, he concluded by stating that it is up to the footballers to make the choice on where they want to play.
"Players have to be free to choose [what club they go to]. If they don't come, it's because they prefer another club; we have to respect it and seek an alternative."