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‘Frenkie De Jong should have gone to Juventus not Barcelona’

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Frenkie De Jong is struggling at Barcelona and would have better fit in at Juventus instead, according to former Barca boss Louis Van Gaal.

Frenkie De Jong would have been better at Juventus than Barcelona as his talents are not being utilized properly at the club.

Van Gaal is of the opinion that the former Ajax man is only seeing game-time because of his signing fee and claimed the Catalan club are not using the midfielder properly.

The former Barca boss believes Barcelona needed more of a player like Matthijs de Ligt and should have gone for him instead of De Jong.

The 22-year-old completed a €75 million move from Ajax to Barca last summer as one of the most talented youngsters in European football.

De Jong has so far scored two goals and racked up two assists but has not been as consistent as he was while at Ajax.

“Barca could improve the centre of defence by putting Frenkie there. He is doing very well if we consider that he is a 22-year-old who has just gone abroad to a different culture. Van Gaal told Ziggo Sport.

“Barca paid a high price for him, which adds more pressure.”

“[De Jong plays] because of the price he cost, I am convinced of it.

“He is not playing in his position. At Ajax, everyone was looking for him, he was the centre of the game while at Barca it is not like that. This is the big difference.

“If only one club had to buy Matthijs de Ligt, it would have been Barcelona. And with Busquets, it turns out that he should have gone to Juventus. Barca lacks more a De Ligt type player than De Jong.”