Barcelona youngster De Jong angry with media speculations on his salary

Frenkie de Jong

Lies have been spread about my Barca salary

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has hit back at critics who claim he is refusing a wage cut.

The 25-year-old Dutchman agreed a £400,000-a-week salary when he joined the Catalan giants back in 2019 and then penned a lucrative two-year extension during ex-president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s spell in charge of the club.

But Barcelona’s crippling financial crisis resulted in De Jong being forced to take a wage reduction in each of his first three seasons, meaning they are now required to pay those deferred wages to the player on top of his existing salary.


As a result, De Jong – who was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer – will earn £16.8m net this season, followed by up to £21m in the following campaign – figures which include £17m worth of deferred payments.

Speaking to TV NOS, via Mundo Deportivo, De Jong said: “There have been many lies and falsehoods spread about my salary.

“In each of the first three years I played here, I cut my salary. Eventually the money comes back and it comes on top of my normal salary, so it looks bigger.

“I think a lot of people don’t understand this but the figures the media are spreading are false.”

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