During an interview with De Telegraaf, Frenkie de Jong revealed that he still hopes Matthijs de Ligt can join him at Barcelona.
Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt formed a tight bond when they both played at AFC Ajax. We all thought they would play at FC Barcelona together.
Even before the summer, we were all convinced De Ligt would make the decision to join his teammate at the Catalan club.
But Mino Raiola intervened and this didn’t happen. Instead, De Ligt joined Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The excuse for this was very simple, Matthijs wanted to learn how to defend better in Italian football.
This decision ultimately prevented us from enjoying both De Jong and De Ligt playing together as they did at AFC Ajax.
However, Frenkie doesn’t think everything is lost. The midfielder still holds some hope about the future, he believes Matthijs can still become a Blaugrana.
“De Ligt can play for Barcelona in the near future,” De Jong told De Telegraaf.
“Going to Italy does not alter the fact that he can play for Barcelona in a few years’ time.
“He has made the right decision; he is doing well in Turin.”
Frenkie also loves his fast adaptation to Barcelona.
It’s safe to say that Frenkie de Jong has managed to adapt well to FC Barcelona’s philosophy.
Although he’s been playing a different position on the pitch, he still remains as a constant player in Ernesto Valverde’s starting eleven.
Frenkie spoke candidly about his new role as a footballer within the squad, and how his adaptation has made him evolve as a player.
“[My adaptation] in two words: almost perfect,” he added.
“If you look back, it has been a crazy year, yes.
“The football and human balance are also very good, although at the same time they can be improved.
“I have been here for almost half a year and my participation in terms of minutes is excellent.
“I have been able to play a lot and I am very happy with that.”I enjoy every day and every moment as a midfielder.
“Every time I go to training, I feel comfortable. Everything at Barcelona is really great.”
“From time to time I have demonstrated my qualities, but in general I can do much better,” De Jong continued.
“I am not as dominant as [I was] at Ajax. Also, in this position, I have to score more goals and provide assists.
“I still have to get the will to score. That requires some adjustment and, therefore, time.
“I could also have learned that at Ajax because as a football player you have never learned everything.
“But here at Barcelona, sometimes I see small things that make me much wiser and also [help me to understand] how to anticipate the decisions of my teammates.”