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De Jong aiming to retire at Barcelona

SoccerNews in Eredivisie 7 Feb 2019

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Frenkie de Jong is aiming to retire at Barcelona having secured an end-of-season transfer to the Spanish giants from Ajax.

The highly rated 21-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a rise to prominence over the last couple of years, becoming a key part of the Ajax and Netherlands teams.

Barca, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City had long been linked as admirers of the talented playmaker, before the Catalans secured his signature last month for an initial €75million which could rise to €86m.

Should things go well, De Jong is hopeful he can see out the rest of his career at Camp Nou.

Speaking to Het Kontakt, De Jong said: “Paris Saint-Germain was a good option, but Barcelona has always been a dream.

“I am happy with my five-year contract, and if I succeed, the chances are that I will never leave, just like [Lionel] Messi.”

It remains to be see what number De Jong will have on the back of his Barca jersey, but he wants to wear 21 – currently belonging to Carles Alena – and suggests that may be accompanied by his first name.

“In July I sign my official contract in Barcelona and I am also presented to the fans and the press,” he said.

“We are also thinking about playing with Frenkie on the back of my shirt, which Nike prefers from a merchandising point of view, but I’m not sure I want it.

“Playing with 21 would be nice, because that is kind of my number, but the selection for the new season is not yet known, so I will have to wait.”

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