‘A disgrace to their great name’ – Neville blasts Barcelona and claims he doesn’t even care if Man Utd sign De Jong

    MANCHESTER UNITED legend Gary Neville has condemned Barcelona for the club’s treatment of Frenkie de Jong.

    The LaLiga giants offered De Jong, 25, an ultimatum this week.

    Barcelona owe De Jong £17m in backdated wages

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    Barcelona owe De Jong £17m in backdated wagesCredit: Getty
    Neville has labelled Barcelona 'a disgrace'

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    Neville has labelled Barcelona ‘a disgrace’Credit: AFP

    Club officials informed him that he should take a pay cut if he wants to stay at the Nou Camp or else he must leave.

    Barcelona already owe the midfielder £17million in unpaid wages after he agreed to defer the payment of his salary during the Coronavirus pandemic.

    But now the club are attempting to force him out in a bid to reduce the wage bill.

    Man Utd have already had a £71.5m bid accepted by Barcelona for De Jong, but the Dutchman has made it clear that he does not want to make the switch – much to the dismay of his employers.

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    And now, former United defender Neville has voiced his concern over the situation.

    He tweeted: “I actually don’t care if he [De Jong] signs for United or not!

    “However it has highlighted a situation I’ve always been passionate about which is employers/clubs taking the p*** out of workers/players and not paying them their due money!

    “Barca are a disgrace to their great name!”

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    This is the second time Neville has been critical of Barcelona this week.

    On Monday he suggested that De Jong and his teammates should consider legal action.

    He said: “De Jong should consider legal action v Barcelona and all players should be behind him!

    “A club spending fortunes on new players whilst not paying the ones they have under contract their full money is immoral and a breach.

    “@FIFPRO should be all over bullying like this and stop it.”

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    Barcelona are now considering other ways in which they can offload the midfielder.

    A loan deal could be on the cards, with Bayern Munich and Chelsea both interested.

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