Frenkie de Jong Excited to Train With Lionel Messi and Reveals How He’ll Approach Barcelona Switch

​Frenkie de Jong has admitted he is very excited to train alongside and watch Lionel Messi ahead of his move to Barcelona.

The Ajax midfielder agreed a move to the La Liga giants back in January and will complete the £65m move on 1 July on a five-year contract running until the end of the 2023/24 season.


With the prospect of training among some of the world’s best players, most notably ​Lionel Messi, De Jong revealed it is the legendary Argentine he is particularly looking forward to lining up alongside.

“I’m very excited to see [Lionel] Messi during training, I think I’m only going to pass the ball to him,” he said, as quoted by ​​Marca​. “I’m not going to change how I am; it won’t matter if I focus. I’m curious about how I’ll perform there and I’m eager to learn from the best.”

De Jong left Ajax in style after securing their 34th Eredivisie title with a 4-1 win over De Graafschap on Wednesday night. It was the club’s first league triumph since the 2013/14 season, while the victory also meant the club clinched a domestic treble having also secured the KNVB Cup.


The title win caps off a wonderful season for the Dutchman, who heads to ​Barca having been part of an exciting Ajax side that nearly reached the ​Champions League final before a narrow semi final defeat to ​Tottenham, and De Jong believes they have set a new standard for Dutch football.

He added: “We have a unique team for Dutch standards. We’ve had a lot of fun and we’ve had some amazing moments.”

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