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De Jong feeling ‘pretty good’ after reuniting with teammates

Frenkie De Jong, FC Barcelona
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Frenkie De Jong missed the footballing environment during the lockdown period and says he is delighted to be back working with his teammates.

Football clubs in Spain resumed group training sessions on Monday, albeit still adhering to the social distancing guidelines, as the government relaxed lockdown measures in the country.

FC Barcelona were last seen on the pitch two months back on March 7 when they beat Real Sociedad to leapfrog rivals Real Madrid to the top of La Liga table.

The Barcelona squad has since been self-isolating and only recently returned to the training ground after undergoing COVID-19 tests.

And Frenkie De Jong, who had been spending time in his native Netherlands, is glad that things are moving towards normality.

“Two or three months apart was a long time. It is always nice to meet up again after a separation for holidays or whatever. But it’s normally just three weeks or so and this was almost three months,” said the midfielder, as the official club website reports.

“I was missing training, my team-mates, playing football and all that. And rondos too, which are such an important part of our training.

“I think everything felt good enough! It was a good build-up.”