Frenkie de Jong has revealed that he originally wanted to take a step between Ajax and Barcelona but is happy to go straight to his dream club.

De Jong was officially presented as a Barcelona player last week, but a move from Ajax to Catalonia was not the midfielder’s initial plan.

He told Voetbal International that he was planning on taking a different route to his dream club via a club like Arsenal.

He said, “In my mind I have had the following list for a long time: Ajax-Arsenal-Barcelona, ​​call it the Marc Overmars route but then again, if you can go directly to Barcelona, ​​then you are right where you want to be. Faster than you ever dared to dream.”

De Jong also stated he has been a big fan of Barcelona for years, “The football that this club has been playing for years, the players who have played here and are still going … Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, I sat down in front of such a midfield. And then Lionel Messi, the very best in the world, my idol. Camp Nou, the stadium. Add it all together and it’s not that complicated that many young boys choose Barcelona or Real Madrid as their favourite club. ”

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