Ruud Gullit “worried” about the Netherlands’ World Cup chances with Memphis Depay and Frenkie de Jong staying at Barcelona

With Memphis Depay and Frenkie de Jong unlikely to play much at Barcelona, Ruud Gullit is worried about the Netherlands’ World Cup chances.

Memphis and De Jong have both lost their places in the Barcelona starting XI with Xavi preferring the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Robert Lewandowski, Pedri and Gavi.

As a result, both were heavily linked with moves away this summer with Memphis holding talks with Juventus and De Jong subject to interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.

However, Juventud deemed Memphis’ salary demands to be too high and De Jong had no interest in leaving for the Premier League, so both ended up staying put.

Given they are two of their nation’s most important players, Gullit is worried that they won’t be playing much ahead of the World Cup.

“Of course I’m worried. I think Louis van Gaal is too,” he said on Ziggo Sport.

These are the two main pillars. Depay is a solid force and scores on the assembly line, you can always rely on that. De Jong is also a very important player. He doesn’t play either.

“You’ve lost your rhythm. Whether you can pick that up by not playing weekly… You just have to wait and see.”


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