Ajax director Edwin van der Sar is disappointed that Frenkie de Jong will leave the club in the summer but is also proud that he goes to Barcelona.

The 21-year-old will depart Amsterdam this summer for Barcelona in a deal worth €86 million.

Speaking to AFP, Van der Sar said on the deal, “You want to build as strong a team as possible and that’s better if the team stays together but we are in a smaller league, we know there are bigger clubs than Ajax.”

“The fact that a player like Frenkie goes to Barcelona is also due to the support he received from the trainers and the other people here, which makes us proud.”

Van der Sar also compared the midfielder to Real Madrid star Isco and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, “He reminds me a bit of Isco at Real Madrid, that low centre of gravity, and Eden Hazard, with the way he dribbles and tries to beat people, as Frenkie does but in midfield.”




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