Suarez: De Jong won’t solve anything at Barcelona

SEVILLE, SPAIN - JANUARY 23: Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona looks on during the Copa del Quarter Final match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on January 23, 2019 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Luis Suarez will welcome Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona with open arms, but warned the young star he won’t “solve anything either”.

The Ajax midfielder will join Barcelona for next season on a five-year contract in a €75m deal that includes bonuses of €11m.

Ernesto Valverde’s side faced stiff competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City in order to sign De Jong.

There has certainly been a lot of hype surrounding the 21-year-old recently, who has even been compared to the iconic Barcelona duo Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez.

But Blaugrana striker Suarez insists De Jong must not get carried away at Camp Nou, while discussing his summer arrival.

“Yes, of course. He’s a player the whole of Europe is talking about,” Suarez told Sport on how excited everyone at Barcelona is over De Jong

“We’ll be waiting here with open arms because he’s a great player but we also need to make sure he isn’t under too much pressure.

“He’s come to help the team but he needs to understand that he isn’t here to solve anything either.”

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Rumours have been circulating that Barcelona’s capture of De Jong puts Ivan Rakitic’s future in the team in doubt.

The Croatia international hopes to convince the club board of awarding him a new contract but has, so far, been unsuccessful.

This has led to speculation over a surprise move to the Premier League at the end of the season, despite Rakitic insisting he wishes to remain at Barcelona.

“No, because they are players with a lot of experience,” said Suarez, when asked if De Jong’s arrival could upset Rakitic.

“Ivan, Arturo [Vidal], Busi [Sergio Busquests]. It’s the same with me. If they bring in a 22-year-old striker, I think that’s great.

“It’s another player who will learn and adapt to what is Barcelona. Everyone is conscious of the age they have.”

Suarez and Barcelona will be back in action on Saturday at home to Valencia in La Liga.