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De Jong reflects on his first season at Barcelona

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Frenkie de Jong has reflected on his first season at Barcelona after completing a ‘dream move’ from Ajax last summer.

De Jong’s outstanding form for Ajax in 2018/19 prompted Barcelona to shell out €75million to capture his signature before the season came to a close.

The Dutchman’s transfer became effective last summer, with everyone at the club hoping he will hand a massive contribution to shaping a new era at Camp Nou.

But, Barcelona endured an utterly underwhelming campaign, surrendering the La Liga title to Real Madrid, and De Jong was no exception.

The 23-year-old defensive midfielder has struggled to make an impact in his maiden season in Spain, scoring twice and providing four assists in 40 appearances in all competitions.

There’s still time for the talented playmaker to showcase his potential in Catalonia, although he concedes he could have done better in his first year at the new club.

“I am really happy to have fulfilled my dream (of playing for Barca), it was always my dream,” he told Sport.

“I am happy with my life here, with the staff… I am really enjoying it.

“If I speak about my performances, I could have done much better this year. I don’t think I’ve played many bad games, but I haven’t been able to have a run of really good games, either.

“I think I’ve been OK, but not good enough.”

De Jong won’t be able to help his teammates in the return leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Napoli after picking up a muscle injury.

After playing out a 1-1 draw in Naples, Barcelona and Napoli are set to lock horns at Camp Nou on Saturday night.