Frenkie de Jong hopes Matthijs de Ligt joins him at Barcelona

Frenkie de Jong is hoping to see his Netherlands and Ajax team-mate Matthijs de Ligt join him at Barcelona next season.

De Ligt’s future has been under constant speculation for several months, with clubs from all over Europe keen on signing the exciting young defender.

At just 19 years old, De Ligt has already made a case for fans to regard him among Europe’s finest centre-backs.

Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Juventus have all reportedly expressed an interest.

Out of all them, though, several media outlets in both Spain and Holland have tipped De Ligt to join Barcelona in the summer. The Blaugrana are keen to add the teenager to their ranks, with De Jong’s arrival at Camp Nou set to give him another incentive to join.

But De Jong himself is staying clear of things and doesn’t intend to influence his Dutch team-mate into joining him at Barcelona.

“He has to make his own decisions,” said De Jong, according to Yahoo.

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The French defender was in a wheelchair for almost seven months, after he had hip surgery when he was a 15-year-old boy.

“Of course, I would like him to come to Barcelona but we will see what happens. It’s up to him.”

“I don’t know, it’s his decision. You have to ask him about it but I hope he comes to Barca.

“Of course, we talk about it [De Ligt joining Barca]. It’s not up to me to say what he’s going to do or his thoughts.

“I don’t have an influence on his choice. He has to make it on his own and with his family.”

After being the cause behind Marcus Rashford’s penalty for England on Thursday, De Ligt made amends by equalising for Holland.

A Kyle Walker own goal and Quincy Promes’ goal in extra-time enabled Ronald Koeman’s side to win their UEFA Nations League semi-final tie 3-1 in Portugal.

Now, De Ligt will have to detain Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal ahead of Sunday’s Nations League final in Porto.

GUIMARAES, PORTUGAL – JUNE 06: Matthijs de Ligt of the Netherlands (3R) scores his team’s first goal with a header during the UEFA Nations League Semi-Final match between the Netherlands and England at Estadio D. Afonso Henriques on June 06, 2019 in Guimaraes, Portugal. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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