Former Dutch forward, Rafael Van der Vaart has lashed out on Barcelona president’s treatment of Frenkie De Jong and their wages.
The Catalan club have sought to rebuild their squad after their underwhelming season last time out. They have made some marquee signings but have had to reduce their wage bill to get them registered.
Gerrard Pique for the second time in a row, ‘drastically reduce’ his salary in order to help register their new summer signings like ; Lewandowski, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie.
Frenkie De Jong situation is a lot more complicated and complex. Amid his ongoing contractual dispute with the Blaugrana, one that has seen him reject the 50% demand to reduce his current deal is set. to get sourer.
Reacting to De Jong’s refusal to accept the pay cut, former Ajax and Real Madrid forward, Van Der Vaart said ; “How on earth can you buy players when you have no money? I find it a disgrace.
“And Laporta who keeps laughing everywhere with his big head. This man thinks he’s the king. But I think he’s a bit of an idiot.
“You can’t treat people like this. Frenkie earns too much? You sign a contract and then you fulfill the contract or leave on good terms, but not like this. This is maffia and they have to get punished.
Van Der Vaart believes Laporta’s action is giving the Catalan club bad publicity. He said that while it is still a great club, the neutrals are judging them on the basis of the current situation.
“Barcelona’s name on the map has become really bad. It’s a great club and everyone wants to play there. But as of now we judge it differently and I find it a disgrace when you play for them.” He concluded.