BREAKING: Gary Neville has advised Frenkie de Jong to take legal action against ‘immoral’ Barcelona.
Gary Neville, a former player for Manchester United, believes Frenkie de Jong should think about suing Barcelona.
Barcelona allegedly promised to pay just €7 million of the €17 million they owe him in back payments, according to The Independent, in addition to doing all in their power to force him depart this summer.
The De Jong has dragged on all summer because of this. He also wants to remain at Camp Nou, so there’s that.
Gary Neville is horrified by Barca’s actions and thinks the former Ajax academy product may have a case against his present team for their efforts to pressure him into taking a pay cut.
Neville tweeted: “De Jong should consider legal action v Barcelona and all players should be behind him! A club spending fortunes on new players whilst not paying the ones they have under contract their money is immoral and a breach. @FIFPRO should be all over bullying like this and stop it.”
Neville makes an intriguing request.
Most likely, we’ve all pondered how Barca was given permission to operate in this manner.
Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski were signed this summer after they struggled to acquire new players earlier in the year due to their inability to grant Lionel Messi a contract they had already agreed upon with Argentina.
De Jong’s contract does not allow him to get the €17 million he is owed until after it expires, which explains why Barca is hesitant to make the payment right away given that they have a number of other issues to deal with, such as finalizing the purchase of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.
The Dutch midfielder would reportedly be willing to accept a pay reduction in order to remain in Catalonia, according to the Spanish newspaper AS.
The present contract of De Jong expires in 2026.