De Jong plans to never leave Barcelona like Messi

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 14: Frenkie de Jong of Ajax in action during the UEFA Champions League third round qualifying match between Ajax and Royal Standard de Liege at Johan Cruyff Arena on August 14, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Dutch star Frenkie de Jong is already planning to see out his entire career at Barcelona in a similar manner to that of Lionel Messi.

The 21-year-old midfielder’s rise to stardom at Ajax caught the attention of the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester Citywho had hoped to sign him.

However, Barcelona were the ones to win the race for De Jong’s signature in a €75m transfer fee along with bonuses of €11m.

The Netherlands international has agreed on a five-year contract and will link-up with his new teammates at Camp Nou for the start of next season.

But it turns out that De Jong is already looking further ahead to the future.

“Paris Saint-Germain was a good option, but Barcelona has always been a dream,” De Jong told Het Kontakt.

“I am happy with my five-year contract, and if I succeed, the chances are that I will never leave, just like [Lionel] Messi.”

De Jong also hopes to wear the number 21 jersey at Barcelona, which is currently worn by academy graduate Carles Aleña.

He added: “In July, I sign my official contract in Barcelona and I am also presented to the fans and the press.

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The former UEFA Champions League winner believes both teams can challenge Barcelona and Liverpool in the European competition.

“We are also thinking about playing with Frenkie on the back of my shirt, which Nike prefers from a merchandising point of view, but I’m not sure I want it.

“Playing with 21 would be nice, because that is kind of my number, but the selection for the new season is not yet known, so I will have to wait.”

Until this summer though, De Jong will remain at Ajax for the remainder of this season where he will undoubtedly hope to leave on a high.

Currently, Erik ten Hag’s side are second in the Eredivisie and five points off leaders PSV Eindhoven and will host Real Madrid on Wednesday for the first leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League in Amsterdam.