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Barcelona threaten Frenkie de Jong with legal action over contract extension

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Aug-10 13:17 first published at 13:17 PM


Barcelona’s efforts to reduce Frenkie de Jong’s salary have taken a dark turn, with the club threatening the midfielder with legal action, claiming that his contract renewal in 2020 under the previous board was illegal. De Jong signed a new contract in October 2020, agreeing to forego a large portion of his wages due to the club’s financial situation, but was given a significant raise for the final years of his contract by then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Barcelona, which is now attempting to reduce its wage bill in order to register new players, considers the contract extensions granted to de Jong, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and Clement Lenglet to be invalid, claiming that criminal elements were involved in the process. Mundo Deportivo has now published a report that details de Jong’s and his camp’s reaction to the developing situation. Despite the club’s actions, de Jong wishes to remain at Barça and complete his contract, which runs until 2026, despite the fact that he has the option of joining Manchester United or Chelsea this summer. However, the midfielder is said to be extremely dissatisfied with the club’s treatment of him, believing that the club is extorting him in order to force him to agree to a downward renewal. The Dutchman’s lawyers are currently investigating the club’s actions in depth, and his representatives have informed player associations such as AFE (Association of Spanish Soccer Players), FIFPro, and La Liga of the situation. De Jong is astounded that his own club is attempting to smear his public image by going to great lengths to get him to reduce his wages after he refused to leave the club when they put him up for sale. Despite the pressure tactics and legal threats, the report states that the Netherlands international has no intention of capitulating. According to reports, de Jong has a 0.00% chance of renegotiating his current contract with Barcelona. Despite the fact that the situation is escalating, de Jong is believed to be mentally strong and is focused on the upcoming La Liga match against Rayo Vallecano this weekend.

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