Feyenoord captain Robin Van Persie spoke to the NOS and gave his opinion on Frenkie De Jong’s move to FC Barcelona.

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Barcelona confirmed the capture of De Jong on Wednesday with the 21-year-old’s five-year deal starting next summer.

Van Persie said, “I read about Frenkie De Jong’s move to FC Barcelona and I think that is a great step for him.

“If I had the choice between Manchester City, Paris St Germain or Barcelona I would have chosen Barcelona like he has done. Barcelona are a fantastic club.

“I believe that he can handle the level and gain a place in the starting eleven because he already plays the Barcelona way and he is a very intelligent player who is technically gifted. He sees passes and opportunities and if he plays with the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets he will become a better player.”

Van Persie also believes the deal shows that Dutch football is back on the rise, “De Jong’s transfer is also good for Dutch football. You have to remember a few years ago people were asking where does Dutch football go now after we lost 2-0 away to Iceland. I stated at the time that it was a phase and that a better phase will come and that is how it goes in football.

“After having a bit of patience you see that players are breaking through in England at Liverpool and Manchester United. De Jong’s transfer to Barcelona and the Dutch national team are playing well. We must all enjoy this together.”

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