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Frenkie de Jong is a talented young footballer who was pursued by every big club in Europe last January but in the end, chose to sign for FC Barcelona after Nike helped the Catalan club afford his wages according to ESPN. The 22-year-old finished the season with AFC Ajax and joined the Spanish giants at the end of the season.
Paris Saint-Germain was one of those teams trying to lure the Dutchman to the French capital and at one point, felt pretty confident they were able to convince him to pass on Barcelona, Manchester City, and others and join the PSG project.
So far, de Jong has been lighting it up in La Liga, registering one goal and two assists in 24 appearances for Barcelona. That’s definitely the output you would want from a player you spent €75 million for, per ESPN.
You would think a player with those numbers wouldn’t talk about the difficulty of other leagues but de Jong did just that according to a report from the Mirror.
“I used to think that La Liga was the strongest football league in the world. You could see their dominance in European Cup competitions. The Spanish clubs always progressed a long way and often grabbed the main trophies, the Champions League, and Europa League. But the Premier League has gained power over the last few years. When it comes to pure skills, La Liga is better. But because of the sheer intensity, the English competition is at a slightly higher level.”
Keep in mind that de Jong has never played in the Premier League. He could have played in the Premier League had he listened to Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman who encouraged him to join Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Instead, de Jong chose Barcelona and the deal was announced in late January of 2019. Approximately three months later, de Jong’s Ajax side was knocked out of the UEFA Champions League and his future club crashed out of the tournament in spectacular fashion.
This news confirms that losing out on de Jong was a blessing in disguise for PSG. If he already has sights on the Premier League and is talking up the competition in England, it’s a given that he would regret signing for PSG and playing in Ligue 1 almost instantly.
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