LaLiga reacts as Barcelona tell De Jong to accept pay cut for a second time

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LaLiga president, Javier Tebas has said there is no issue with Barcelona asking Frenkie De Jong to accept a pay cut.

Earlier, De Jong has been heavily linked with a summer move to Manchester United.

With the Dutch midfielder eager to stay at the Camp Nou, Barca have asked him to accept a reduction in his salary – a suggestion the player has rejected.

However, when asked about the situation, Tebas insisted that players cannot separate themselves from “collective agreement”.

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He said: “The players cannot be split from the team or pressured – it’s what collective agreement, the Law, reason, ethics mark.

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“From there, Barcelona knows the rules and the responsibilities.”

De Jong is refusing to leave Camp Nou until Barca reimburses him for £17million in deferred wages.

The 25-year-old accepted a pay cut during the COVID-19 pandemic to help ease the financial burden on the club.

However, Barcelona promised to pay the money back in full over the course of his deal, which runs until 2026.