Amidst great expectation, Frenkie De Jong was presented as FC Barcelona's latest signing on Friday. The Dutch star took to the pitch at the Camp Nou on a very special day, and then shared his thoughts on the exciting occasion in a press conference.
"My dream has always been to be an FC Barcelona player, so the decision to come here was very easy. I'm very happy and very proud," he told the media.
"When the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, came to Holland expressly to see me, it showed that they believed a lot in me. They told me that I would be a very important player for the club," explained a delighted De Jong, who also commented on the close relationship between the club and his homeland:
"Holland and Barça have always had a good connection, and Barça and Ajax have a very similar way of playing, with the philosophy of Johan Cruyff. Ajax and Barça want to play in the same way, and that's great for me."
"Everyone in the squad is a great player; Barça have the best players in the world and I will have to show that I can be part of the first XI, where I can play in any position in the midfield. I'm very happy to be able to play with Leo Messi, and I can't wait to get started," he continued.
"The presentation was very special. It was fantastic. I wasn't expecting it. Seeing people shouting your name is really nice."