Frenkie de Jong is officially a Barcelona player. The 22-year-old Dutchman underwent medical tests and signed a contract on this Friday morning. Furthermore, the midfielder went to the pitch of the Camp Nou where he was presented to Barcelona fans and played with children from the club under categories.
In the Netherlands, Ajax said goodbye to the player renting a bus and the front page of “Sport” newspaper, where he put the phrase “Barça, enjoy the future as we took advantage”. De Jong played 135 matches for Ajax with 14 goals scored and 24 assists.
After the presentation to the crowd on the pitch of the Camp Nou, the player went to his first press conference as a Barcelona player. De Jong spoke of the feeling of defending the club, adapting to Messi and the rest of the team and what he hopes for next season.
“Playing for Barcelona has always been my dream. So when I was told the club was interested, it was very easy to make the decision. The club has always had a very strong connection to the Netherlands, especially after Cruyff, and I love it. Messi is the best player in the world, but he is not the only great player here. I need to adapt to all of them to make things right. I have not talked to the coach yet, but I hope I can prove myself in training and games to always be among the 11 starters – said the player.
In addition, the player also commented a bit about Real Madrid, how he defeated the Merengue team in the Champions League, and former teammate De Ligt, who was also on the Barcelona list, but is close to signing with Juventus.
– Beating Real Madrid was very good, mainly because we advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League with this. I can not promise that we will beat Real Madrid at Bernabeu again (as did Cruyff’s team in his first year in Barcelona), but the club has been doing very well in the derbies recently, and I hope to keep it going. I really wish he (De Ligt) would also come to Barcelona, but that’s something he has to decide with his family – said, De Jong.
He’s really a potential World-Class player, but I fear that the Dutch player will feel the pressure, as Coutinho felt. The potential is there, though.