However the Dutchman took advantage of the absences in attack and played himself into fine form. Barcelona recognise his professionalism and know he can still be useful. De Jong wants to stay, but his future is not 100 per cent certain.
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.
Xavi has always praised his work and commitment. And the Barca coach is now leaning towards holding onto the Dutchman.
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