Barcelona midfielder and Liverpool target Frenkie de Jong has now claimed he is extremely happy at the Catalan club, and that he wants to remain there for years to come.
Taking to an interview with Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, the 25-year-old spoke of his content playing for the Camp Nou outfit, after major transfer speculation surrounded him throughout the summer.
“I am very happy in Barcelona,” he said.
“When I play it’s great and in terms of living here life is perfect.
“I see myself at Barcelona for as long as possible.
“I personally hope for another eight or ten years.”
This comes after the Netherlands international was the subject of vast interest during the summer window.
Manchester United were incredibly keen to sign De Jong as Erik ten Hag’s number one target, and Chelsea even made a move for him towards the end of the window, but the midfielder was adamant he didn’t want to leave the La Liga heavyweights.
Liverpool were also touted with a £60m offer for the Dutchman, but a move failed to come to fruition.
Ahead of January, Jurgen Klopp’s side join Man United and Chelsea as the favourites to lead the race to sign the player over the winter window.
However, with De Jong’s recent comments, this doesn’t appear to be a huge possibility.
De Jong wants to stay at Barca, despite Liverpool interest
With Liverpool’s dire need to sign a midfielder, the Barcelona man was seen as the perfect addition to the Anfield squad.
De Jong’s ability to pick up the ball deep and drive forward would be brilliantly suited to Klopp’s side in the middle of the park.
His elite-level passing and smooth footwork when in possession would allow the Reds to create chances out from the back.
In addition, he is equally as proficient going forward. He has a keen eye for goal, and he possesses a pin-point strike. His creativity and willingness to hit the ball means he is a constant threat for opposition defences, encapsulating his natural take on the number eight role.
Due to this complete package as a midfielder, he has been hailed as a ‘world class’ talent by BBC Sport and La Liga TV commentator Andy West.
Therefore, it was no surprise to see Liverpool interested in bringing him to Anfield this summer.
However, despite his recent comments, De Jong could still have to leave Barcelona in the future.
With their dangerous financial situation, the club wanted to sell him in order to relieve their debts. The 25-year-old refused to cut his contract short, and he ultimately remained in Spain.
There is always the possibility of this happening again, so the Reds will be fully alert as to his situation, which seems to be forever changing in Catalonia.