New Barcelona boss Xavi has categorically ruled out midfielder star Frenkie De Jong leaving in the upcoming transfer windows amid Christian Pulisic Chelsea swap deal rumours.
De Jong, 24, has been a key part of a Barcelona team that has failed dramatically so far under now ex-manager Ronald Koeman as club legend Xavi Hernandez looks to get the fallen Catalan giants back on track.
On the pitch, in the two games that the midfield legend has overseen so far, Barca are unbeaten with their latest draw against Benfica somewhat of a disappointment in midweek.
The 24-year-old has started in both the games so far since Xavi came in, demonstrating the Spaniard’s will to keep hold of the ex-Ajax starlet despite recent rumours of a possible exit for the versatile midfielder.
According to a report from El Nacional, Chelsea have presented their demands to La Liga heavyweights Barcelona, who are looking to secure the signing of USMNT star Christian Pulisic from the European Champions.
It is understood that the Blues want either £42million in cash for Pulisic or de Jong in exchange for the injury prone winger and despite Xavi himself reportedly wanting to bring in more attacking options to bolster an injury hit area of the team, it seems as though the £81million man won’t be part of any operation despite the club’s will to offer young sensation Gavi a new contract during these financial troubles.
Speaking ahead of Barcelona’s trip to take on Unai Emery and the Yellow Submarine on Sunday night, the club legend clarified: “Our goal is for Frenkie to be happy here. We desperately need that type of player.
“He is definitely not in the shop window, rather the opposite. The idea is to make him stronger here.”
When probed about the situation again, Barcelona’s legendary number 6 also ruled out a Gavi exit: “We need them [de Jong, Gavi] – they are not for sale at all. Selling them isn’t our idea. Riqui Puig is like another player in our team. We count on him”
Alternatively, the likes of Timo Werner and Edinson Cavani have been touted as other attacking options to supplement the problematic Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele situations but as it stands, Pulisic and de Jong will not be going anywhere unless the Blaugrana meet Marina Granovskaia’s requirements in some way.