Barcelona transfer news: Frenkie de Jong makes Chelsea and Man City revelation | Football | Sport
The Ajax star has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona and Pep Guardiola’s side.
He has become the Amsterdam club’s latest prodigy to join a long list of talent which includes the likes of Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen.
The 21-year-old hinted that he has been watching the Premier League leaders and Chelsea this season.
“I like to watch the great players, the ones who are technically good and understand the game,” De Jong told the Guardian.
“I try to see how they move. There are so many I look at, especially the midfielders.
“You have the guys from Barcelona, the guys from Manchester City. Jorginho at Chelsea now. There are so many to learn from.”
De Jong then gave his verdict on the criticism Jorginho has faced this season for not offering enough protection to the Chelsea defence.
“You have to tackle as well,” De Jong added.
“You have to do your defensive work but I like to see players who understand the game, players with a lot of vision.
“Jorginho is one of them.”
The midfielder was a standout in the Netherlands side that reached the UEFA Nations League semi-finals next summer.
De Jong also opened up on his admiration for Guardiola’s Barca side and Lionel Messi.
“I love this style,” he said.
“Get the ball back quickly, then play possession with so many combinations.
“When you watch that, you get the feeling you want to go out on the pitch and play football with your friends and just enjoy yourself.
“City and Barcelona are great examples.”