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De Jong is not a substitute’: Xavi after benching Frenkie for league opener

Frenkie de Jong is not a substitute player, he is an important player, I have said that several times. I don’t know what will happen with the market, but if he stays, he will be important for us,” Xavi said after the Rayo Vallecano game.

Despite this, Frenkie started the first game of the season on the bench, with the coach preferring Sergio Busquets, Pedri and Gavi ahead of him.

The 25-year-old entered the pitch in the second half and looked solid. However, it wasn’t enough for Barca to get the breakthrough.

Barcelona are open for offers on De Jong. The Catalans already have an agreement with Manchester United, but the Dutchman doesn’t like the option. There is also Chelsea, but the player would prefer to continue at Camp Nou while also not accepting a pay cut.



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