BARCELONA star Frenkie de Jong was visibly furious when he was subbed off against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday amid reports linking him with Manchester United.
Newly appointed United manager Erik ten Hag is reportedly plotting a reunion with De Jong at Old Trafford after spending two fruitful years together at Ajax.
The Red Devils may have received a boost over the weekend as the midfielder appeared unhappy after being subbed off during Barca's 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano at the Nou Camp.
He was so upset with manager Xavi's decision to take him off the pitch on the hour mark that he stormed straight down the tunnel.
The revived Blaugrana suffered their second loss in five LaLiga matches following Alvaro Garcia's winner after just seven minutes.
De Jong struggled throughout the encounter and reports in Spain suggest he may have been distracted by United's interest.
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Xavi chose to replace him with Nico Gonzalez and that is when the Netherlands international walked off the pitch from the other side.
The 24-year-old immediately removed his shin pads and went straight towards the dressing room.
Reports also suggested he may have been angry at the referee for not reprimanding Rayo's players after a series of hard challenges.
De Jong rose to prominence at Ajax upon the Ten Hag's arrival in 2017.
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The midfield maestro developed into one of the finest talents in the world under the incoming United boss and that earned him a transfer to Barcelona in 2019.
The Dutch star has gone on to amass a total of 13 goals and 17 assists in 136 appearances for the Catalan giants.
Xavi appears to have dismissed rumours linking his player with a move to United as he said: "I haven't talked with him about his future.
"He is playing at a very good level and has to continue here – he can be one of the best midfielders in the world for years to come.
"If it were up to me, I would continue here for many more years. He is very important and can mark an era here.
"He has to score, assist and he has to be the protagonist."
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