Frenkie de Jong ‘dying’ to see Lionel Messi in action

Frenkie de Jong is “dying” to see what all the fuss about Lionel Messi is once he completes his transfer to Barcelona in the summer.

It had been announced in January that De Jong will leave Ajax in a €75m move to Barcelona in the summer following near-endless speculation surrounding his future.

The highly-rated playmaker had also been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City before finally deciding on a switch to Camp Nou.

With his future resolved, De Jong restored his full focus back to Ajax as he capped off his final campaign with the club by helping them win their first Eredivisie title in five years on Wednesday.

Just minutes after lifting the Dutch league trophy for the first time in his career, however, De Jong quickly began reflecting on his upcoming move to Barcelona.

The Netherlands international expressed his excitement at getting to see Messi in training and is keen to find out how he will adapt over in Catalonia.

“I’m dying to see Messi during training, I think I’m just going to pass the ball to him, haha,” said De Jong, according to Daily Mail.

“I’m not going to change the way I am, I do not care if I’m going to be the centre of attention in Barcelona.

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“I’m curious to know how I’m going to adapt there and I’m eager to learn from the best people around me.”

De Jong managed four goals and assists in 52 appearances during his final season for Ajax.

Erik ten Hag’s side defeated De Graafschap 4-1 on Wednesday to claim the Eredivisie title following goals from Lasse Schone, Nicolas Tagliafico, Dusan Tadic (twice).

It marked Ajax’s 34th league crown, which they’ve now dedicated to Abdelhak Nouri – who wore the same number on his jersey.

The 22-year-old Moroccan suffered heart failure during a pre-season friendly between Ajax and Werder Bremen in 2017, which left him with permanent brain damage.

“Nouri has always been there [with Ajax]. It was terrible what happened,” Ten Hag told Fox Sports.

“It does something to a person. The boys were like family to him, that hurts incredibly much.”

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – NOVEMBER 24: Abdelhak Nouri of Ajax in action during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between AFC Ajax and Panathinaikos FC at Amsterdam Arena on November 24, 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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