LaLiga Van Gaal tells two Barcelona players, “If you had left Camp Nou, I would have been happier.”. Memphis Depay and Frenkie de Jong have been told by Louis van Gaal, the manager of the Netherlands national team, that he would have been happy if they had left Barcelona this summer.
Erik ten Hag, the new manager of Manchester United, was eager to recruit de Jong this summer but the midfielder choose to remain at Barcelona and accept a wage reduction.
Gavi, Pedri, and Sergio Busquets have been favoured alternatives in Xavi’s midfield for the Catalan side’s six La Liga games thus far. De Jong has only started three of those games.
Depay, on the other hand, has had the chance to start Barcelona’s previous two games, and he scored in the weekend triumph against Elche.
The two would have benefitted from switching teams, according to Van Gaal, who wants his players to play frequently before the World Cup.
Van Gaal responded to questions about de Jong and Depay by saying, “The storm is now past, and I must say that it has been satisfying to me.
But they’re back playing frequently lately. Although Memphis and Frenkie playing more frequently would make me even pleased. I won’t claim that the transfer window was a complete failure.