Barcelona new boy Frenkie De Jong has expressed intentions of retiring at the Catalan club, following his move from Dutch side AFC Ajax last month. the former Ajax man has been a short term admirer of the Spanish giants and also been tipped to be a long term solution to the Barcelona defensive line.
The highly rated 21-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a rise to prominence over the last couple of years, becoming a key part of the Ajax and Netherlands teams.Barca, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City had long been linked as admirers of the talented playmaker before the Catalans secured his signature last month for an initial €75million which could rise to €86m. Should things go well, De Jong is hopeful he can see out the rest of his career at Camp Nou.
Speaking to Het Kontakt, De Jong said: “Paris Saint-Germain was a good option, but Barcelona has always been a dream. “I am happy with my five-year contract, and if I succeed, the chances are that I will never leave, just like [Lionel] Messi.” It remains to see what number De Jong will have on the back of his Barca jersey, but he wants to wear 21 – currently belonging to Carles Alena – and suggests that may be accompanied by his first name. “In July I sign my official contract in Barcelona and I am also presented to the fans and the press,” he said.
“We are also thinking about playing with Frenkie on the back of my shirt, which Nike prefers from a merchandising point of view, but I’m not sure I want it. “Playing with 21 would be nice because that is kind of my number, but the selection for the new season is not yet known, so I will have to wait,” he concluded.
Barcelona has also added the likes of Kevin Prince Boateng from Sasuolo on a season short loan with an option to buy in the summer. they were also linked with Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata who decided to join his boyhood club Atletico Madrid on loan as well According to Spanish sports website Marca, Barcelona is also eying Manchester United star Marcus Rashford as a long term replacement for Luis Suarez who is already close to Camp Nou exit. results concerning the player’s transfer might be revealed in the summer otherwise it remains a speculation.