One of the best transfers done during the time of Josep Maria Bartomeu was Frenkie de Jong from Ajax. The 24-year-old central midfielder was brought into Barcelona to reignite the creativity which was lost after the Xavi Hernandez and Andreas Iniesta era. The player shined under the management of Erik Ten Hag at Ajax and they almost went all the way to the finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2019. However, when he was brought in for a fee of around 75 million euros, fans expected too much from him and he failed to perform consistently.
Barcelona star, Frenkie de Jong, is willing to sign another six-year contract with the club
The player continued to give average performances, not very bad but not remarkable either. The problem that he was facing was the formation and the play style adopted by the managers prior to Ronald Koeman. De Jong was always a very free player and being stuck in a single position was hurting his overall performance. Once Koeman gave him the freedom that he needed, his true fluid self was seen. Xavi has continued to use De Jong liberally and the Dutch player has been performing quite well. While his finishing is not always on point, he is making a lot more runs and his passes are a lot more effective.
In a recent interview with Ziggo, the player was asked about his Barca future and he said,
"“To live in Barcelona is fantastic,”“I don’t think there are many places better to live.”_Source Football Espana"
He was then asked whether he would sign a new six-year contract with the club or not, and he just replied that he would. The player is loving his time at Barca and who can blame him? The team is finally coming together, the manager is loved by everyone and Erling Haaland might join the club next season. Things are looking good for the Catalans and De Jong plans on enjoying the future with them.
Barcelona managed to get past a stubborn Galatasaray in the Europa League and De Jong reckons that the team could go all the way. The draw for the Quarter-finals is today and Barca will get to know their next opponents soon.