05 Jul Barcelona information: De Jong hoping to proceed Cruyff’s legacy at Camp Nou after finishing transfer from Ajax
Taking part in at Camp Nou was a childhood dream for the younger midfielder, who follows within the footsteps of Cruyff and a host of Ajax legends
New Barcelona signing Frenkie de Jong will take inspiration from well-known predecessors such because the late Johan Cruyff as he seems to be to settle in to life at Camp Nou.
De Jong, 22, grew to become the most recent in an extended line of gamers to make the bounce from Ajax to Barcelona as he accomplished a transfer that had been agreed earlier this yr.
On Friday the Netherlands worldwide was offered at Camp Nou to followers and the media, and stepped on the well-known pitch for the primary time decked in a Blaugrana shirt.
In addition to Cruyff, the likes of Johan Neeskens, Ronald Koeman, Frank and Ronald de Boer, Patrick Kluivert and Marc Overmars have represented the Spanish and Dutch giants – a legacy that De Jong is hoping to do justice.
“We have now all the time had an incredible connection on account of Cruyff’s philosophy, Ajax and Barcelona wish to play in an analogous approach and that is unbelievable,” De Jong advised reporters at his presentation.
“This has all the time been a dream for me since I used to be small and after I noticed it was occurring for actual it was a straightforward choices for me.”
De Jong greeted the Camp Nou trustworthy in Spanish, telling followers he was “very joyful and proud to be right here, I am unable to wait to get began.”
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And he went on to focus on the significance of Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu in pushing the deal by way of.
“There have been loads of golf equipment fascinated by me and it’s a regular course of when making a choice, you consider all of the choices and which is finest,” he added.
“Barcelona satisfied me with an incredible plan, the opposite golf equipment had good plans too however the choice was not straightforward as a result of loads of golf equipment have been telling me issues and there have been moments the place I used to be unclear.
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“However when the president got here to Netherlands I used to be satisfied, my arrival is right down to him.”
And whereas De Jong continues to be initially of his profession on the highest stage, his half in Ajax’s demolition of Actual Madrid on this yr’s Champions League could have already endeared him to Barca supporters.
“It was very good, all of the Barcelona guys congratulated me and even the president congratulated me… it was all very variety,” he revealed.