Fans were blown away by Frenkie de Jong’s dazzling run against Mexican side Pumas UNAM, as Barcelona sauntered to a 6-0 thrashing in their final pre-season friendly.
The Manchester United summer target came off the bench to deliver an exceptional performance and score Barcelona’s sixth, firmly demonstrating that he is happy with life at the Nou Camp.
De Jong has been constantly linked with moves away from the Catalan club this summer, notably to Old Trafford to team up with former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
The 25-year-old evaded the first defender with a dummy in his own half before accelerating away from a second and into Pumas UNAM territory.
Unmarked, De Jong then played a pinpoint through ball with the outside of his foot to fashion a goal-scoring opportunity, taking three opponents out of the game.
Fans quickly took to social media to hail the sensational run.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has also expressed interest in the Dutchman, keen to bolster his Blues squad with midfield reinforcements.
De Jong’s representatives have been negotiating a new contract with Barcelona since June, eager to reclaim the €14m he is owed in unpaid wages.
After the match, manager Xavi and club president Joan Laporta admitted that they both wanted De Jong to remain a Barcelona player next season.
Laporta said: ‘Frenkie is our player and we want him to stay at Barcelona, he wants to stay too.
‘With him and his teammates, we have a very powerful midfield. He has offers, but we want him to stay.’
Xavi added: ‘I don’t know what will happen to Frenkie as until August 31st anything can happen.
‘He knows what I think and what the club want and need. Of course I’m counting on him, he’s a great player.’