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After Barca, there’s no step up: Frenkie de Jong

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The new Barcelona midfielder spoke on what it means to play for La Liga giants and what can he do to have a successful career there.

For young Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, being with Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona is the biggest chance of his career.

And he was quoted today by Sport on what it means to be playing with the Blaugrana.

“I now know how great Barcelona is, and feel what it means, and how important the club is to people,” de Jong said.

“But of course, the most important thing is the football. After Barça, there is no step up available as a footballer.”

“Everything is new and different here and I want to explore that. I’ve always been successful and that gives me the belief that I will be again.”

He spoke about Barca’s style: “It’s a style of football which has been played throughout the years here by people such as Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets.”

“Cruyff is the greatest. He changed football and to compare him with anyone isn’t fair. But if others want to do that, that’s their choice.”

“You feel as if you’re in a film, that’s how I’d describe it. You could compare it with your first day at school. You get butterflies in your stomach,” he commented.

“I enjoyed it a lot. There were 20,000 people in the stadium who came to see me. It was great, wasn’t it? Every child has their own dreams but this was mine.”