Barcelona sporting director talks Frenkie de Jong, Mohamed Kudus, Leo Messi, winter signings

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Barcelona sporting director Jordi Cruyff spoke about Frenkie de Jong’s possible exit during the last summer transfer window, reinforcing the squad in January, Leo Messi’s possible return, and the Financial Fairplay situation in his recent interview with Mundo Deportivo.

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Jordi Cruyff on selling Frenkie de Jong:

“There was a possibility because good players are always wanted by good teams, that’s how it works. But the reality is that he is here and he is having an important role.”

“These are moments of the transfer market, it’s not with Frenkie, but with everyone. There are decisions that have nothing to do with the talent of a player on the pitch. FPP forces you to make decisions.”

Is Frenkie de Jong still for sale?

“The time to sell De Jong has passed. Every week there are changes and new decisions. Frenkie is a player who is loved by the fans. The fans expect a lot from him because he has a lot of talent, he’s a different player.”

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Jordi Cruyff on signing players in January:

“Laporta was very clear. We are in a complicated situation, almost impossible. It doesn’t make sense to talk about signing players now… But there is still a month to go before the transfer window starts, we’ll see.”

Jordi Cruyff on Financial Fairplay:

“Financial Fairplay is not just about football, it’s about the whole club, all the sections of the club together. It’s not about doing the maths to sell one player and sign another. I wish it was like that, but it’s not. It’s a matter for financial experts.”

“We can’t do many things at once, especially because of the financial Fairplay. It’s like a puzzle. We have to see which piece of that puzzle is more important to put in now, and which other piece we can put in later, with some time.”

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Jordi Cruyff on the 1:1 rule of the financial Fairplay:

It is very difficult to understand, it cannot be explained in 15 minutes. Every week there are more and more rules on FPP. What we knew a month ago is no longer valid. We have to deal with this.”

Jordi Cruyff on the plans of the club in the winter window:

“We are still analyzing our situation before the winter transfer window starts. We have a Plan A, B, C, and D. We are prepared for what we can do and what we can’t. But at the end of the day, we have 17 players who went to the World Cup, that means the squad is good.”

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Jordi Cruyff on Leo Messi’s return:

“What I have clear and the president also is that there has to be a reunion with a legend like him. Barça and Messi have to get together again. It could be after his career.”

Jordi Cruyff on Mohamed Kudus:

“I don’t see it. no, because ‘Financial FairPlay’ doesn’t allow us. Dreams are free but the players aren’t.”

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