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Xavi Reveals Personal Talk With 'Frustrated' De Jong

FC Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has revealed the conversation he had with Frenkie de Jong, who was visibly upset after his substitution last week.

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The Dutch midfield is yet to consistently replicate the performance that saw him rose to prominence during Ajax Amsterdam's 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League run.

De Jong was taken off against Rayo Vallecano and expressed his frustration by walking around the entire pitch before making his way to the bench.

Xavi has revealed he had a face-to-face conversation with the Netherlands international, who has been linked with Manchester United ahead of the new season.

“I have said it many times. Frenkie makes the difference and he needs to do so every match," the Barca coach said at his press conference, as per Sport.

"We had a very positive face-to-face chat on an individual level. The change against Rayo frustrated him.”

“He’s very self-demanding. He has had excellent games this season. He is capable, he has strength, the capacity to arrive in the box, to score. I told him that.”

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