Laporta offers a new update on De Jong's situation and his future
"What is clear is that we have a new wage scale and all the players have to fit into it," he said addressing the Dutch midfielder's future
Joan Laporta has updated the 'Frenkie case' in his statements after the event organized by UNHCR in the middle of New York's Fifth Avenue. The Barça head has held his stance in making it very clear to the Dutch midfielder that, if he wants to stay, he will have to accept a sizeable salary reduction.
"We are going to do everything possible for him to stay and we hope that the player will also do everything possible to stay. We all have to make an effort," he reflected. "We find ourselves with a wage bill that has shot up by more than 40 per cent. What is clear is that we have a new wage scale and all the players have to fit into it," he insisted.
The Barça boss, however, has stressed that "he wants to stay and we want him to stay. That's the most important thing," he added. On the excitement over the arrival of Jules Koundé, he has claimed that the French centre-back "wanted to come for a lesser salary than elsewhere". The message to De Jong was clear, without a salary reduction, his continuity be will extremely difficult.