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Frenkie de Jong
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Ethnic Dutch
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Org Dutch National Team
Club as Player Ajax FC

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Agent Hasan Cetinkaya

2018 12 08 Retrieve

I try to have a picture when I receive the ball and know where everyone is. That’s one of the most important things for a midfielder

2019 03 09 Retrieve

[Frenkie de Jong scored a win for both his teams by eliminating Real Madrid] I spoke to them when I signed the contract and they told me to try to knock out Real Madrid, as that would be great for Barça too.

2019 07 05 Retrieve

[Frenkie de Jong is in dreamland after officially joining Barcelona and becoming a team-mate of his idol Lionel Messi] am very happy to be here finally. As a child it was a dream for me to play at Barca, and now I’m here so it’s great. I’m really looking forward to setting foot on the Camp Nou pitch for the first time. I’m happy to be able to play with Messi, who I have always followed. Now my idol will be my team-mate.

I like Barca’s way of playing. The philosophy of Barca and Ajax are very similar, and I think I will enjoy it. Barca and Holland have always had a great, special connection, and I hope to follow in that tradition. I want to be one of the great Dutch players who have played at Barcelona.

2019 07 05b Retrieve

[Frenkie de Jong insists he will not be changed by his big-money move from Ajax to Barcelona] It will be special to experience it. I’ve seen players presentations from big clubs like Barcelona on television and now I will be a part of it myself. I have no idea what to expect, but that’s not bothering me that much. I just let it happen and try to enjoy it as much as possible. I’m not stressing out about it and won’t change my behaviour. Also in Barcelona, I will be the same Frenkie. On the pitch and as a person.

[De Jong scored three goals and provided three assists as Ajax won the Eredivisie title and KNVB Beker in 2018/19] I’m glad I got to end my time with Ajax with prizes. Of course I’m going to miss it and I’m sure it will take some time to get used not driving to De Toekomst [Ajax’s training ground] every morning, but I made a switch earlier when I went from Willem II to Ajax and I got a lot of great things in return

[Despite having been sure of his next destination since January, De Jong claimed Ajax’s hectic schedule meant he rarely had time to consider his imminent move to Barca] We had a game every three days with Ajax. Therefore I barely had the time to think about next season. I did take Spanish lessons though, but I could have done better. I had 10 courses, but not much time to study. At least I know some words. I will have to learn the language properly when I have to speak it on a daily basis

2019 07 05c Retrieve

[New Barcelona signing Frenkie de Jong will take inspiration from famous predecessors such as the late Johan Cruyff as he looks to settle in to life at Camp Nou] We have always had a great connection due to Cruyff’s philosophy, Ajax and Barcelona want to play in a similar way and this is fantastic. This has always been a dream for me since I was small and when I saw it was happening for real it was an easy decisions for me

[And he went on to highlight the importance of Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu in pushing the deal through] There were a lot of clubs interested in me and it is a normal process when making a decision, you think of all the options and which is best. Barcelona convinced me with a great plan, the other clubs had good plans too but the decision was not easy because a lot of clubs were telling me things and there were moments where I was unclear. But when the president came to Netherlands I was convinced, my arrival is down to him

[And while De Jong is still at the beginning of his career at the highest level, his part in Ajax’s demolition of Real Madrid in this year’s Champions League may have already endeared him to Barca supporters] It was very nice, all the Barcelona guys congratulated me and even the president congratulated me… it was all very kind

2019 07 06 Retrieve

[New Barcelona recruit Frenkie de Jong says he would like to see his ex-teammate from Ajax Matthijs de Ligt join him at Camp Nou] I’d like to see him [De Ligt] here, but I cannot decide. He has to make that decision with his family. When I saw Barca wanted me to play here, the decision was very easy.

2019 07 10 Retrieve

[New Barcelona signing Frenkie de Jong has said that he viewed a dream move to Arsenal as a stepping stone on the way to Camp Nou] In my mind, I have had the following list for a long time: Ajax-Arsenal-Barcelona, call it the Marc Overmars route. But yes, if you can go directly to Barcelona, then you are right where you want to be. Faster than you ever dared to dream

The football that [Barcelona] has been playing for years, the players that have been here, that still are here … Xavi Hernandez, Iniesta, Busquets, I watched that midfield. And then there is Lionel Messi, the very best in the world, my idol. Camp Nou, the stadium. Add that all together and it’s not so complicated that many young boys choose Barcelona or Real Madrid as their favourite club. So did I, although I actually thought Arsenal was pretty beautiful in the past

2019 07 11 Retrieve

[Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong played down comparisons to club greats Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta] I don’t want to be compared with those players. It’s the perfect club for a midfielder. They hold onto the ball well, they control the play, it suits me perfectly

[Discussing his goals for 2019-20, De Jong is eager to be a regular starter for Barca - and he wants to help deliver in Europe] I want to start most games. All players want that. I’ll work as hard as I can in training to show what I can do in games. I like to play attacking football, for it to be attractive and for people to have fun when they come to the stadium. Both me and Barca are really keen to win the Champions League this year and I hope that’s what happens

2019 07 11b Retrieve

[Frenkie de Jong thinks he can transition seamlessly from the Eredivisie to La Liga] I was proud to join Ajax. I had a great time there and the tactical work is top level. The philosophy is very similar to at Barca, evidently because of Cruyff. It means a lot to me that a club as big as Barca has done all it has done to sign me. It makes me feel very proud. It was always the club where I wanted to play and now it’s happening. Barca have always tried to play attractive football and to win a lot of titles playing with the best players of all time. It has always been my dream to come here

[De Jong has revealed he spoke to the former Everton boss Ronald Koeman before he completed his move] He was very enthusiastic when I told him I was going to sign for Barca. He told me I should concentrate on football because all eyes will be on me. People will want a lot from me

2019 07 20 Retrieve

[Frenkie de Jong would welcome the opportunity to work with Neymar at Barcelona, with the Camp Nou new-boy already excited to be linking up with Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann] Of course I would like to play with Neymar. I think he’s a really good player but it isn’t up to me to decide if he comes to Barcelona or not

[He added on the arrival of World Cup winner Griezmann] I think we already knew he is an amazing player. He’s one of the best strikers in the world and he’s showing that so far. He’s a good guy and amazing player and he’s adapting really well

[He said of Messi] I think he’s the best player in the world. I’m looking forward to playing with all the guys, not only with Messi

[Quizzed on De Ligt’s decision to head for Serie A] No, I’m not disappointed. Not at all. Of course, I’d be happier if he had decided to join Barcelona. But it’s his decision and he made to make it with his family, his agent and girlfriend. I’m happy for him. He’s made a great move. I would rather see him at Barcelona but Juventus is a good move for him

: 2019 07 25 Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena has claimed that the club promised to give Frenkie de Jong his favoured No.21 shirt without first consulting him over the squad number change

: 2019 07 31 Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are among the 10 players nominated for FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player award. The shortlist, which takes into accounts achievements from July 16, 2018 to July 19, 2019, was compiled by a panel of experts and also comprises of former Ajax duo Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, Liverpool double act Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard and PSG ace Kylian Mbappe

2019 08 10 Retrieve

[Barcelona new boy Frenkie de Jong believes Donny van de Beek is more than good enough to link up with Real Madrid] I would prefer him to stay at Ajax because I wouldn’t have him as an opponent and Ajax would stay strong. But, no, of course, when it’s all settled, and if he moves to Madrid, I am really happy for him. I think he deserves it. He’s a great player. Then I will go see him in Spain!

[While competition for places would be fierce, De Jong believes a former colleague would hold his own] I am pretty sure he has the ability. I think he showed it last season in the Champions League, especially in the knockout rounds. I think he has shown to the world and everyone in Europe he has the ability to play at that level

[He added, with there no regrets on his part at having left the Dutch title winners] I am really proud of the season we had and I am proud to see guys making big movements - I think they all deserve it. But of course I feel a bit sad - not that I regret it because I am really proud and happy to be [at Barcelona] - but of course it’s a bit sad that the team is breaking up. But you know that those things are going to happen when you have a season like that at a club like Ajax. It’s just the way it is

2019 08 13 Retrieve

[His former teammate Frenkie de Jong, who joined Madrid’s rivals Barcelona last month, says he believes Donny van de Beek can be a success at Real Madrid] I would prefer him to stay at Ajax because I wouldn’t have him as an opponent and Ajax would stay strong. But, no, of course, when it’s all settled, and if he moves to Madrid, I am really happy for him. I think he deserves it. He’s a great player. Then I will go see him in Spain! I am pretty sure he has the ability. I think he showed it last season in the Champions League, especially in the knockout rounds. I think he has shown to the world and everyone in Europe he has the ability to play at that level

2019 09 13 Retrieve

[Frenkie De Jong’s Dutch masterclass shows how Barcelona must use him] Things went well in pre-season, but I have to say I haven’t played my best game in the competitive fixtures. The football is very different from what I am used to. I had the fewest touches against Betis, when usually it’s the other way around. People panic, but I don’t. I’ve been a bit flat so far. I know I can contribute a lot more with the ball during the game. I can be a lot more dominant, so I don’t worry too much about it

I saw the last games of Barcelona and Frenkie was playing almost on the wing. I don’t believe that’s his position; he should play in the centre or as a holding midfielder. I don’t know what Valverde will do. What I do know is that Frenkie may have to be patient. Busquets is already getting on, although he continues to play with the same quality as always on the pitch. Frenkie is a different type of player to Busquets. His team-mates have to adapt to him and Frenkie to them. What is clear is that he has a talent that has not been seen in a long time. That is why I am convinced he will end up being a success there. The philosophy of Barcelona is not new to him. What happens is that the other players have to complete their understanding of his game

2019 09 21 Retrieve

[Frenkie de Jong refuses to blame position change for underwhelming Barca form] This is a simple position on the pitch and in the next matches I will do better. I have to adapt and I have talked with Valverde about football issues and we have watched videos. The coach should not ask me where I prefer to play, as he is the coach and he decides. At Ajax and with the national team I played in central midfield, but it is different because we played with a double pivot

[Entertaining wins over Real Betis and Valencia have been undermined by the opening-day defeat at Athletic Club, and a poor 2-2 draw at Osasuna] Against Real Betis and Osasuna I played wider and if I didn’t play well then it was my fault. People began to debate about my position, asking if I had to play here or there, and it seemed crazy

2019 09 25 Retrieve

[Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has said he would have moved to Manchester City or PSG this summer had he not chosen to join the Blaugrana] If it had not been Barca, I find it hard to say it now, it would have been PSG or Man City.

[Asked if PSG or City could have offered him more money than Barca] It is not right to talk about [money]. Money was not my business. Money was never discussed in the meeting room with me. It was a matter for my agent. The most important thing was the way [Barcelona] played and how they saw me, what plans they had for me. When [Barcelona] told me they saw me playing here, that they thought about this and that, then they really convinced me. I talked with my family and my agent and we chose Barca. Then my agent came here to negotiate

[De Jong also admitted that he valued the chance to play for a club that has been home to many Dutch stars like Johan Cruyff, Marc Overmars and Patrick Kluivert] When Cruyff went to Barcelona he dragged a lot of [Dutch] feelings towards Barca. The Dutch like to watch good football, enjoy good football, and Barcelona have always played well

[Part of De Jong’s struggles could be down to him playing a more advanced position in midfield than he did at Ajax, but he has insisted he is comfortable playing anywhere in the middle of the field] I am very comfortable in Barcelona, ​​really. It is not important in what position I play. I am happy to do it anywhere in the center of the field with the number of players there are and the quality they have

2019 09 28 Retrieve

[Frenkie de Jong on the green carpet at The Best FIFA Football Awards] For me, Lionel Messi will always be the best player in the world. I’ve made that clear a lot of times

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Frenkie de Jong says Lionel Messi would clearly be the most deserving winner of the Ballon d’Or despite Virgil van Dijk’s outstanding year] For me, I said it a lot but Messi is the best player in the world so he has to win it. Van Dijk had an amazing season, he is a great defender and one of the best players in the world. But Messi is above and he is by far the best

I’m really happy to be here. It’s everything I dreamed of. Of course we can play better, we’re working as hard as we can and hopefully everyone can see [on Wednesday] that we’re improving. We can play better, I think we have an amazing team, most of the best players in the world, so we know we can perform better but we’re winning, first in the most difficult group in the tournament. We’re not doing really, really bad but of course we can do better. We know we can improve, we talk about it a lot, we’re training a lot. There’s not a single game where a team made no mistakes so it’s normal to make mistakes. I think we can improve a lot but we’re not playing as badly as people think

[Ernesto Valverde’s men have yet to make sure of a place in the knockout stages, although victory at home to Dortmund will get the job done] We know it’s really important, if we win we qualify, we’re already first in the group. It’s really important for us, qualifying for the next stage is the most important thing

2019 11 27 Retrieve

[Frenkie De Jong, who starts in midfield on Wednesday alongside Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic in midfield, is in no doubt that his team-mate deserves to take yet another Ballon d’Or] For me, I said it a lot but Messi is the best player in the world so he has to win it. [Liverpool defender Virgil] Van Dijk had an amazing season, he is a great defender and one of the best players in the world. But Messi is above and he is by far the best

2019 12 18 Retrieve

[De Jong has been Barcelona’s best player this season and he is looking forward to proving that in the biggest fixture in club football] I’m really excited as it will be my first Clasico. I’ve followed all the others on television and the one I enjoyed the most was the 5-0 at the Camp Nou (in 2010)

I think I can improve my long-range passing a lot, I can score more goals. I can improve my long-range shooting, going behind the defence, runs behind the defence

2019 12 18b Retrieve

[Eibar fans even gave Frenkie de Jong an ovation for his display at Ipurua in October] It was a great feeling. I really appreciate it

2019 12 26 Retrieve

[The subject of De Ligt’s future was raised earlier this week when his international team-mate Frenkie de Jong suggested that the pair could be reunited at Barcelona at some point] He took the decision [to go to Juventus] and, in general, things are going well for him in Turin, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t come to Barcelona in a few years

2019 12 24 Retrieve

[De Jong: I never doubted I could play alongside Messi & Suarez at Barcelona] I had actually expected that the step up from Ajax would not be that big. I know what level we achieved last season. There is even more quality here; I play with even bigger players, some of whom are of course very special due to their exceptional qualities, such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets. Despite those big names, I never doubted I could make the step up

[De Jong endured some shaky form at times early in the season] I have been here in Barcelona for almost half a year now and the playing time is just great. I have been able to play a lot and I am very happy with that. Every minute on the pitch feels like a bonus. I enjoy it every day; every time I go to training, I feel comfortable. Everything at Barca is really great and I realise that. As a team we aren’t playing badly, but we have to do better. Every now and then we are a bit too unsure on the ball. Sometimes our football is very beautiful, and then a game later you ask yourself where that good form and good feeling has gone. I am very satisfied in general

[Ajax’s last-minute elimination from the Champions League semi-finals still stings] If you look back, it has been an insane year. The last seconds of the semi-final against Spurs have been haunting me for a long time. Our elimination still feels unjust and unnecessary. Our good performances and the resounding victories at Real Madrid, Juventus and away at Spurs should have been crowned with the Champions League final. Then 2019 would have been perfect, because nobody thought that a Dutch team could ever get that far

2020 01 24 Retrieve

[Frenkie de Jong doesn’t regret Barcelona move & would like to retire at Camp Nou] No, that’s not true. I don’t regret having signed for Barca, not for one second. I am really happy because I always wanted to play here. I am playing with players who for me are genuine legends. I am enjoying myself and I am learning a lot, too. I am at the best club in the world. living in a wonderful city with great weather

[Pressed on whether he could go on to become a legend at Barca in time] It’s not something I can say. But I can give my best and have some wonderful years at Barca. Many years. Now, I am focused on working hard and being at my best. I hope I can be remembered: maybe not as a legend, but as a good player

[Asked if he could see himself spending the rest of his career with the Blaugrana] I hope so. I always wanted to play for Barca. I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I am happy here and there’s no step forward from Barca. There’s no better level

[Frenkie de Jong does have a number of superstar role models around him] It’s difficult to pick one… but when I arrived, [Sergio] Busquets helped me with many things. I could say he took care of me in a certain sense: for example, the first day I arrived in Barcelona before training even started, he sent me a message to ask if I needed anything and he reserved a table in a restaurant for me and my girlfriend. He behaved really well with me. If I had to pick one, I would say Busquets, even though everyone has helped me a lot

[Asked to rate his efforts so far out of 10] Six. For now, six or a six-and-a-half. I have played a lot of minutes and I’ve more or less played well, I am happy, but I know my performances could be much better

2020 03 06 Retrieve

[Frenkie de Jong’s criticism of Getafe’s style of play came after seeing them defeat his former club Ajax in the first leg of their round of 32 Europa League tie] The match between Getafe and Ajax was painful for me, especially frustrating. Getafe doesn’t play to entertain the public, I find it annoying to watch their games.

2020 03 20 Retrieve

[Barcelona’s use of Frenkie De Jong questioned by Netherlands boss Koeman] It’s important that he’s playing games, even if they might not be in his preferred position. With the national team, he players deeper but we play with two holding midfielders and Barcelona only play with one and two central midfielders, or sometimes with four central midfielders. The position he is playing now is different to the national team and Ajax. He’s learning to play further forward like this, it’s not all bad, but it’s not his best position. For me, I think he performs better playing deeper

I don’t regret having signed for Barca, not for one second. I am really happy because I always wanted to play here. I am playing with players who for me are genuine legends. I am enjoying myself and I am learning a lot, too. I am at the best club in the world. living in a wonderful city with great weather. I always wanted to play for Barca. I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I am happy here and there’s no step forward from Barca. There’s no better level

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[Frenkie de Jong has revealed it was Ernesto Valverde’s sacking in January that drilled home to him how high the standards are set at Barcelona] Especially at Barcelona. It’s a bit of the same as in Ajax: you have to play good and you have to win everything. When one of the two is not there, it’s already difficult for the team and the coach, so the pressure is really high here. They are demanding the best football in the world and they want to win every prize, but I like this idea a lot

Yes, of course, because when a coach is sacked that’s always about the way the team is playing and they are holding the coach responsible for it. But of course you’re feeling guilty because the players have to show it on the field. We were not doing terrible because we were first in the table when he left

[Barcelona’s players agreed a 70 per cent pay cut in March to help the club through the coronavirus period] I think we already made an agreement for some months with the club, as everybody knows, and I think - I don’t know - the club and some players are negotiating now. I’m not one of them. I’m not the talker from the group or something, or I’m not one of the captains, so I think they are speaking and we will see how it turns out.

[Barcelona are days away from returning to action] From the moment we could start training again, everyone was desperate to compete again and be with each other again. It’s really good at the moment

2020 06 07b Retrieve

[Frenkie de Jong has revealed he is taking tactical advice from Lionel Messi as he continues to settle into life at Barcelona] In Ajax and the Dutch squad I’ve had a different role but we’re playing with a double six [two defensive midfielders]. I have to adapt and it’s going OK, but I can improve. I’m at my best when I’m not the most defensive but also not the most attacking [midfielder]. If Lionel Messi is talking and giving you advice you take it as he is by far the best player in the world. If he gives advice, you listen. Sometimes he says you have to be deeper or to the side, small things but it makes the difference

It was my dream to play for Barcelona. They were my favourite club outside of the Netherlands. When they came and showed they were really interested they made the choice easier. At the beginning I didn’t have the feeling Barcelona really wanted me. But they said you have a good chance of being a starter and it was really easy for me. [Bartomeu] talked about the other clubs and Pep Guardiola and said when he was at Barcelona he was amazing. He said Guardiola was the greatest manager but told me: ‘If you want to enjoy your life, you want to play in Barcelona’. Sometimes when I’m driving to the training ground you see the weather and there are these moments when you think: ‘I always wanted this as a kid’. It’s a dream, I’m really happy

[The midfielder admits life is different post-lockdown] I didn’t have the virus but life isn’t how it used to be. I don’t think it’s changed me as a person. I’ve spent a lot of time with my girlfriend, we were in Holland and we could go out - the situation was a bit more comfortable than in Spain. When we were training in separate groups we had to wait before the others left, I couldn’t say ‘hi’ to them, that was really strange. Training is intense and maybe we’re better than when we stopped. I’m feeling there is something special coming

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Frenkie de Jong on Lionel Messi] If Lionel Messi is talking and giving you advice, you take it as he is by far the best player in the world. If he gives advice, you listen. Sometimes he says you have to be deeper or to the side - small things but it makes the difference

2020 06 21 Retrieve

[Barcelona confirm Frenkie de Jong injury with uncertain return date for midfielder] The clinical follow-up on Frenkie De Jong has uncovered an injury in the soleus of his right leg. The evolution of the injury will condition the player’s availability