De Jong plans to never leave Barcelona like Messi

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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“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.

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