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After confirming his signing for FC Barcelona, Frenkie De Jong spoke to the club's media to give his first thoughts about his exciting future as a Blaugrana. In the interview he spoke about his move, Barça's history of Dutch players, the styles of his new club and of Ajax, and names such as Leo Messi, Johan Cruyff and Ronald Koeman. Here are some of the most notable quotes from the exclusive chat with the young talent, which can be seen in full in the accompanying video:
"I'm very excited about signing for Barça. I was very happy when I took the decision. I celebrated with my family, but not too much, because we're still halfway through the season with Ajax. But I'm very happy!"
"I've always dreamed about playing for Barça since I was little. I like the players and the club. It's the team of my dreams. I want to be an important player for FC Barcelona and win many trophies."
"I'm excited and anxious about playing with him. In my opinion, Leo Messi is the best player in history. It's difficult to define him. He's the most complete player and can do anything. He creates a lot of chances, is very intelligent and has a spectacular left foot. He's simply on another level."
DUTCH PLAYERS AT BARÇA
"iI know of the majority of Dutch players who have played here. The Netherlands and Barça have a great connection, thanks to Johan Cruyff. I hope to do great things here. Cruyff means the same thing to me as he does to everyone: He was a spectacular player with a lot of talent, and a great person."
"When Barça's interest came about, I asked Koeman about it. He told me that Barça are a spectacular, incredible club. The players, the people, the city... He told me 'If you have the chance to go, then do it!' I called him the night before to tell him that I was joining Barça, and he was happy."
THE BARÇA STYLE
"The Barça and Ajax styles are rather similar. Both want to play good football and have a lot of possession. Do I have the Barça style? When I go there we'll find out, I can't say yet."
"I'm a player who likes to have the ball and be in possession. I can play in any position in the midfield, so we'll see which is the ideal position for me."
"The level of talent in LaLiga is very high. The level of competitiveness and technique that players in LaLiga have is higher than in the Premier League. Whenever I can, I watch Barça games if they don't clash with Ajax games."
"The Camp Nou is a spectacular stadium. It's one of the biggest in Europe and I can't wait to play there."
"My first memory of Barça? When I was six years old or o, I came to Barcelona on holiday and I did the tour. That was my first contact with Barça."
"I also came to the Camp Nou three years ago with my girlfriend. Barça were playing against Betis. I think they won 4-0, and they played very well. Messi and all the great players were there that day."
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