Alena criticises Barca board for giving his shirt number to De Jong
- The Dutchman took the No.21 jersey from the Spaniard.
- Alena admits he was unhappy this decision was made behind his back.
- He says: "They promised him the shirt without telling me."
Around 10 days ago, FC Barcelona have officially confirmed Frenkie de Jong will continue to wear his favourite number 21 jersey which previously belonged to Carles Alena. The Spaniard will now wear the No.19 kit which was worn by Kevin Prince-Boateng, Munir and even Lionel Messi.
However, Alena now reveals in an interview with Marca that the decision to give De Jong his former shirt number was made behind his back. In fact, the Spaniard even expresses strong disappointment with the way the club handed this issue.
Alena says: "It didn't sit well with me that the board promised De Jong the No.21 without telling me. The thing about giving De Jong the shirt was something between him and I. I would have liked a message from the board. They promised him the shirt without telling me. I've always been good to the club."
Meanwhile, De Jong has recently revealed it all in an interview to the Dutch newspaper Voetbal International why this number is so meaningful to him. He says: "I took my whole family to the presentation in Barcelona, except for my grandfather. He passed away on my 21st birthday. In some way, the No.21 shirt is a tribute to him. I find it sad that he couldn’t be there."
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca wanted to offer De Jong a rather iconic shirt number - the legendary No.14 jersey which was worn by Johan Cruyff, the legendary fellow Dutchman. However, De Jong rejected this proposal. The 22-year-old believes it would add extra pressure to his Blaugrana tenure, moreover, he has stated several times he doesn't want to be compared to late genius.
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