Alena: I was annoyed without knowing De Jong is promised No.21 shirt

Carles Alena is known for keeping a low profile, but the 21-year-old has revealed his displeasure at giving up the No.21 shirt to Frenkie de Jong at Barcelona.

It had seemed that Alena had made a nice gesture by allowing De Jong to wear the No.21, but it now appears as though it had already been decided upon by the club.

“It didn’t sit well with me that the board promised De Jong the No.21 without telling me,” Alena said at Barcelona’s training base in Kobe, Japan.

Although Alena has no issue with De Jong over the issue, it is clear that he is not happy with the way in which Barcelona handled things.

“The thing about giving De Jong the shirt was something between him and I,” he added.

“I would have liked a message from the board. They promised him the shirt without telling me.

“I knew it was wrong, it didn’t sit well with me. I’ve always been good to the club.”

Ahead of next season, De Jong will wear the No.21 shirt and Alena will don the No.19.