Frenkie de Jong Wants De Ligt at Barcelona


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, but that he cannot make up the defender’s mind for him.

Ajax skipper De Ligt has been the subject of intense transfer speculation since he led the Dutch champions to an unlikely semi-final appearance in the Champions League, where only a stoppage-time comeback from Tottenham prevented them from reaching the final.

Barca had been favourite to land the 19-year-old’s signature earlier in the summer, but it now looks like Juventus will win the race to sign Europe’s most sought-after defender after the Serie A champions reportedly agreed a fee with Ajax.

And De Jong, who was finally unveiled on Friday as a Barcelona player having agreed to join the club six months previously, says that even though he found the decision to move to Spain a simple one, it may not be the same for his international colleague.

“I'd like to see him [De Ligt] here, but I cannot decide,” said De Jong.

“He has to make that decision with his family. When I saw Barca wanted me to play here, the decision was very easy.”

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