De Jong reveals he envisaged playing for Arsenal before going to Barca
‘If you can go directly to Barcelona, you are right where you want to be’: Frenkie de Jong reveals he planned on signing for Arsenal like his compatriot Marc Overmars… but only as a stepping stone to get to his new club
- Frenkie de Jong says he envisaged playing for Arsenal before joining Barcelona
- The Holland international described the move as the ‘Marc Overmars route’
- Overmars moved to the Gunners from Ajax in 1997 before heading for Nou Camp
- De Jong insists that he was ready to take the same route but has skipped Arsenal
- The 22-year-old was unveiled as a Barcelona player following his £65m switch
Frenkie de Jong has admitted that he always believed he would play for Arsenal before completing his dream move to Barcelona.
The 22-year-old was unveiled as a Barca player last week after he completed his £65million move from Ajax.
After catching the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs in the past couple of years, De Jong looked destined for a big-money move away from Amsterdam.
Frenkie de Jong gives the thumbs-up after completing his dream move to Barcelona last week
The 22-year-old midfielder is unveiled by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu (right)
The Holland international envisaged making his dream move to the Nou Camp some day and planned on emulating Ajax’s sporting director Marc Overmars.
Overmars rose to prominence at Ajax before leaving in 1997 to become an integral part of Arsene Wenger’s side at Arsenal, where he won the Premier League.
He then joined Barcelona in a £25m switch after three years at Highbury, making him the most expensive Dutch player in history at the time.
‘In my mind I have had the following list for a long time: Ajax-Arsenal-Barcelona, call it the Marc Overmars route,’ De Jong told Voetbal International.
De Jong admitted he planned on following the same career trajectory as Marc Overmars
De Jong also admitted his desire to be reunited with former Ajax team-mate Matthijs de Ligt (L)
‘But then again, if you can go directly to Barcelona, then you are right where you want to be. Faster than you ever dared to dream.’
De Jong also admitted of his desire to be reunited with former Ajax team-mate Matthijs de Ligt, who has been linked with Barca and Juventus.
‘I’d like to see him [De Ligt] here, but I cannot decide,’ he said.
‘He has to make that decision with his family. When I saw Barca wanted me to play here, the decision was very easy.’
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