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Louis van Gaal thinks that Barcelona and Juventus should do more to help Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt adapt.

According to an interview reported by mundodeportivo Barcelona and Juventus are not seeing the best out of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt because they are not helping them adapt by paying to their strengths.

The retired former Manchester United manager and master tactician wants to see both clubs do more.

That is if they want to get more out of the players rather than expect such young prodigious talent to adapt.

Van Gaal explains the difficulties the two young Dutchmen are facing.

Of De Jong he said:

“Barca is not using De Jong’s qualities.” 

“It is about adapting to it.”

He continued in reference to De Ligt: 

“The same thing happens, it is another culture, another structure, another way of playing football.”

“People think it’s easy for them, but it’s not that easy.”

While he may no longer be in the game on a day to day basis. He knows what it takes to manage at the top.

He has made the switch from Ajax to Barcelona. Just as De Jong has done.

He understands the cultural and football changes when moving from Holland to Spain.

He is a specialist in getting the best out of young prodigious talent. After all, he took a youthful Ajax team and not only dominated Dutch football but conquered Europe too.

Every team he has managed has seen him bring in and integrate youth. And he has won trophies and had success wherever he has been.

Patrick Kluivert and Clarence Seedorf at Ajax, David Alba at Bayern Munich, Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes at Barcelona and Marcus Rashford at Manchester United.

All now well-known legends of football, that have one thing in common.

They were handed senior debuts at thier respective clubs by Louis van Gaal.

Louis van Gaal knows how to culture and nuture a young player in football.

Barcelona and Juventus may want to lend a listening ear to what the Dutch master has to say if they are to see improvements in their huge summer investments.

MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 05: Frenkie de Jong and Dani de Wit of Ajax celebrate victory after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Ajax at Bernabeu on March 05, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)