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Laporta - Barcelona never wanted to sell De Jong

After nearly a year of speculation about Frenkie de Jong's future at Barcelona, president Joan Laporta claimed he never wanted to sell the midfielder.

The Dutch midfielder was rumoured to be leaving the club for most of last summer, with Manchester United reported to be one of the player's likely destinations. But now, five months after De Jong seemed likely to exit amid the Blaugrana's well-documented financial woes, Barca president Joan Laporta insists he never wanted the Dutch player to leave.

"I have never wanted to sell Frenkie de Jong because he is one of the mainstays we have, he is one of the great talents, young and called to be like he is already one of the team leaders," Laporta told Barca TV.

Barcelona are still constrained by financial regulations, even after activating a number of so-called "levers" to free up room for activity in the transfer market. Laporta admitted that the club are unlikely to make any moves in January, despite their reported interest in Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko and other top talents.

Additionally, Laporta's revelation on De Jong deals a major blow to Manchester United, who were reported to still be interested in signing the player either this January or going forward.

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