Frenkie de Jong has revealed he will like to follow in the footsteps of Lionel Messi and retire at Barcelona. The Camp Nou crowd are forever grateful for perhaps the greatest player to wear their jersey and would be thrilled to hear other up and coming talents are already setting their sight to replicate such loyalty.
The hype that followed his signing has made every appearance to be thoroughly scrutinized. For Ajax, he remains their most priced asset among the team of younglings that pulled more than their wait to make it to the semifinal stage of the champions league only to be denied an entry into the final by Lucas Moura.
De Jong still did enough to be the center of the major transfer tabloids of the summer. Together with De Ligt, they both made the highest of high profile transfers
He has been able to displace Rakitic, giving him the chance to rack up as many games as possible. The Croatian has been looking for a team that can guarantee a decent amount of playing time ever since.
Valverde trusted him enough together with Arthur. It remains to be seen if the new coach will bestow on him a similar trust.
Either way, a change in the middle have been a long time coming and De Jong is definitely one for the future.
Barcelona have been used to one club men for some time now. The likes of Iniesta, Xavi and even Sergio Busquests never had a reason to look outside. The club has been at the pinnacle of success for years and should AnsuFati and co ensure that the works of Messi does not go into oblivion once he retires, De Jong can get to have his dream fulfilled.