Barcelona have caused a lot of controversy this summer. From activating four levers to tackle their financial crisis to having a reluctance to paying players money they are owed, Barca are in a state of emergency.
The Frenkie de Jong saga has riled emotions. Barcelona have spent the summer bullying the Netherlands international, despite the Manchester United target showing the utmost respect to his employers since joining the club from Ajax.
Barca fans abused De Jong because that is what happens when the club tries to turn them against a player. It’s all very shameful.
Former United captain Gary Neville suggested that De Jong should take legal action against Barcelona over his deferred wages dispute.
However, the latest to hit out at Barca is Rafael van der Vaart, a former Real Madrid player. His quotes from a Ziggo Sport interview were relayed by Spanish newspaper Diario AS.
“You can’t treat people like this.”
“Frenkie earns too much? First you sign a contract and then you fulfil it or you leave on good terms, but it is not like that. This is a mafia and they have to be punished.”
The former Netherlands international also believes it will have a negative impact on the image of the club, which could see promising players reluctant to join them in the future. This part seems excessive because the best players will always be interested in playing at Camp Nou.
“The name of Barca has come out of it looking very bad,” Van der Vaart added. “It is great club and everyone wants to play there. But from here on we are judging it in a different way and to me it’s a disgrace when you play for them.”
Everyone – bar those at Barcelona – can see their behaviour this summer has been poor, but to think they care would be naïve.
It’s a selfishly run football club.
De Jong was a substitute for Barcelona’s La Liga opener against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.