Luuk de Jong, on loan from Sevilla, is still optimistic of continuing at Barcelona.
According to Sport, Barcelona told him before Christmas that they didn’t need him in the second half of the season and even agreed to let him leave on loan to Cadiz.
The Dutchman, on the other hand, took advantage of the deficiencies in attack and played himself into good form. Barcelona recognises his professionalism and believes he can still be of use. De Jong wishes to remain, but his future is uncertain.
When Koeman equated him to Neymar upon his arrival, the Dutchman was made an object of derision rather than boost his confidence.
De Jong, on the other hand, deserves respect for never dropping his guard and never losing trust in his own abilities. He kept his head down and worked tirelessly.
Xavi has always commended his hard work and dedication. And the Barcelona coach is now leaning toward keeping the Dutchman.
Sevilla are happy to recall him and loan him out to the best club that will pay all his salary. But De Jong has gained the respect of the dressing room at Barca and also the coaching staff.