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De Kong’s self criticism, ‘Aganist Sevilla, I wasn’t myself ‘

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Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has owned up to Ronald Koeman’s comments that he was not at his best during the Catalan club’s 1-1 draw with Sevilla last Sunday. Sevilla were not afraid to press Barcelona high and, as such, the Dutch midfielder found himself not having the time and space he is usually accustomed to.


“He lost too many balls and has not been fine like his other team-mates,” Koeman said in the post-match press conference last Sunday. Now, ahead of the Netherlands’ match with Bosnia on Sunday, October 11, De Jong has responded to his coach’s criticism. “I didn’t play at the top level against Sevilla,” De Jong admitted to the media. “I was only mediocre. How is my form? We’ll see, but I feel good.”

The Oranje have two upcoming away trips in the Nations League, first against Bosnia on Sunday and then against Italy on Wednesday night. For De Jong, he is trying to cool expectations somewhat, making clear that the Netherlands have some very talented players but then also some who need to grow into the setup.

“We have to be realistic and not expect the Netherlands to dominate and win every game,” De Jong said. “We want to aspire to that. I think we have many players who are already world class and are already first rate. We have other talented young players who can grow with the squad. We are a very good team but when you see some details you realise that there are still aspects in which we have to grow. We need to improve tactically and in our understanding. We want to show Bosnia that there is still magic with us.”


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Barcelona creates comfortable environment for De jong

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Frenkie de Jong’s first season at Barcelona didn’t quite go as planned, with the Catalans’ on-field struggles and off-field crises not allowing the Dutchman to settle in the way he would have hoped.

But Ronald Koeman’s appointment, and Alfred Schreuder’s as well, has created the perfect environment for the midfielder.

Both men know him well, with Koeman being his coach at international level and Schreuder formerly Erik ten Hag’s assistant at Ajax.

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Koeman has stated on a number of occasions that De Jong’s position is deeper than where he’s been playing so far in Catalonia and that he should be the pivot, i.e. Sergio Busquets’ place in the XI.

De Jong is surely going to be an important player for his compatriot at the Camp Nou.

The midfield will likely be built around him, to an extent, and he’ll have a huge opportunity to step up and take a starring role.

The 23-year-old showed flashes of what he’s capable of over the last 12 months, but his 3,222 minutes across 42 appearances haven’t seen him play with the same level of consistency seen in his Ajax days.

Barcelona haven’t helped De Jong so far, but he has been self-critical and knows what he has to do to improve.

Koeman and Schreuder’s arrival will only help him to rediscover his best form.

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‘We have only four games left to win the UCL’ – De Jong

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Barcelona are set to face Napoli on Saturday and Frenkie de Jong has pointed out that there are another four finals to go for the Blaugrana to win to lift the Champions League trophy.

The Catalan side will host the Partenopei on home soil but without fans as the game will be held behind closed doors.

“[Playing without fans] is a bit of an odd situation, even more so in the Champions League, where you really feel the presence of the fans,” De Jong told Barca TV.

“But there are four games left to win the trophy.

“Every game is decisive, and that makes it harder.”

Barcelona haven’t managed to win a single trophy this year but De Jong is adamant that he doesn’t feel any pressure to lift the Champions League.

“I’m always motivated, but the Champions League is clearly very special,” De Jong added.

“I don’t feel under more pressure now that I’m at Barcelona, it’s the same in every game.

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“In a single legged game the smaller teams have a bigger chance of springing a surprise.

“Of course we need to win at all costs, but playing games over one leg is harder because anyone can shock you.

“But it’s a new thing for everyone, nobody has played with this format before, and all the teams that are going will be going because they deserve to be there.”

Napoli held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in Italy and De Jong hailed the quality of the Italian team.

“We found the first leg hard going,” De Jong continued.

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“We had a lot of players behind the ball and it wasn’t a great result, but I’m confident we can play better now.

“Napoli have some top quality players and they’re very well disciplined.

“I’m sure it’ll be a difficult game.

“All Champions League games are, but we need to make sure we make it into the next round.”

De Jong missed several of Barcelona’s final few games in LaLiga Santander due to injury but has fully recovered and is ready to help his team.

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“I’m feeling good with a lot of positive energy,” De Jong noted.

“I’ve recovered well from the injury and am feeling fit.

“The break was good for the whole team.

“We’ve recharged our batteries.

“It was nice to get some rest and get our energy back.

“I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t play but I have prepared well for the next few games and feel ready for the one against Napoli.”

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De jong’s injury sets his side effects on Barcelona

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Even Frenkie de Jong recognises that his first season at Barcelona has not been as spectacular as his last year was with Ajax.

However, even so, the Dutch midfielder has made his enormous talent clear and has become a key part of the side — both under Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien.

Having played over 3,000 minutes of football this season, De Jong is Barça’s most used footballer — even ahead of Sergio Busquets (2,876 minutes).

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The former Ajax man has alternated between excellent performances and more standard ones, but it will be viewed as a decent adaption season.

Proof of his importance to the side already can be seen in Barça’s results and performances since he got injured earlier this month in the win at Mallorca.

Barcelona have won just one of their last three games since he was ruled out with a calf problem, drawing with Sevilla, Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid.

Keeping in mind how tough it will not be to win the league — Madrid can go four clear with a win over Getafe on Thursday — it remains to be seen if Barça will rush him back or turn their attention to the Champions League in August.

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Barca’s De Jong out with calf injury


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Barca’s De Jong out with calf injury

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Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is set to miss the team’s next match against Athletic Bilbao after the club said in a statement on Sunday he had injured the calf muscle in his right leg.

Dutch international De Jong missed Friday’s 0-0 draw away to Sevilla which dented Barca’s hopes of winning the Spanish title, with coach Quique Setien saying before the game he was leaving the player out as a precaution.

The injury proved worse than feared as the club released a medical report on Sunday, saying the player was unable to train although did not say when he would be able to return.

Barca lead Real by three points in the standings but have played one game more than Zinedine Zidane’s side, who will go top of the table if they beat Real Sociedad later on Sunday.

Setien’s side visit struggling Celta Vigo after Tuesday’s match against Athletic before a crunch home game against third-placed Atletico Madrid the following Wednesday.

De Jong joined Barca from Ajax Amsterdam last year for €75 million and has appeared in 27 of their 30 league games this season.

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Barca’s De Jong injured as Madrid stands gallant at title’s race

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Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong has injured a calf muscle and could be out of action for several weeks, according to the club and media reports.

De Jong, 23, sat out Barca’s goalless draw with Sevilla on Friday and the club said in a statement on Sunday that “the clinical follow-up… has uncovered an injury in the soleus of his right leg.”

The club did not say how long De Jong would be out of action but media reports said it could be several weeks.

Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona in his first El-Clasico, trying to shake off Madrid players during the stalemated match at Camp Nou

The Dutch international, who was signed after starring in Ajax’s charge to the Champions League semi-finals last season, has made 27 league appearances in a solid first campaign in Spain’s coronavirus-interrupted season.

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Barça are next in action at home to Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday, but by then they could have surrendered their place atop of LaLiga.

Friday’s draw in Seville leaves them just three points ahead of Real Madrid, who have a game in hand.

Should Los Blancos win that match – away to Real Sociedad on Sunday – they will go top of the league due to their superior head-to-head record against Barca.


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De Jong wants ‘De Ligt join ‘Catalona Giants’


Frenkie De Jong is working on bringing his friend Matthijs de Ligt to Barcelona one day. The duo were part of the great Ajax team that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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According to Calciomercato, conversations between Barca and Juve have been clear – the Catalan team shut the door to De Jong leaving and the Italians did the same with De Ligt.

However the newspaper says Frenkie “had planned for a while an operation to try and convince his friend and former team-mate De Ligt to join him at Barca.”

De Jong has played 37 games with Barca, scoring twice and adding four assists. He has been important this season. De Ligt, on the other hand, found it hard to get into the Juve team until Chiellini’s injury and have been impressive ever since.


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Juve asks for De Jong inplace for Authur to seal Pjanic transfer


With Arthur Melo refusing to leave Barcelona, Juventus have asked for Frenkie de Jong in the exchange deal with Miralem Pjanic instead.

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Multiple sources stated today that Arthur will not accept any transfer away from Camp Nou this summer, scuppering the planned swap with Pjanic.

As the two clubs and Pjanic are still fully agreed on the deal, they are trying to find an alternative name who can make the switch to Turin.

According to RMC Sport, one of the contenders is former Ajax midfielder De Jong.

He’d be able to reunite with his old teammate Matthijs de Ligt and has not quite settled in to life at Barcelona.

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However, the 23-year-old cost €75m only a year ago and Barcelona would not accept letting him go so soon.

Curiously, Dutch legend Louis van Gaal said in March that “Frenkie de Jong should have gone to Juventus. Barca lack more a De Ligt type player than De Jong.”


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Tagliafico: You haven’t seen the best De Jong at Barca yet, but you’ll see it


Frenkie De Jong’s former teammate Nicolas Tagliafico believes the Dutchman will succeed at Barcelona.

De jong’s first season at Barcelona did not go as smoothly as expected. As the player himself has acknowledged in his public speeches, he was still far from giving his true potential. His former teammates Nicolas Tagliafico has a similar view.

Speaking to Calciomercato.com, the Argentine international said that “At Barcelona, they have not yet seen the best version of Frenkie”, but he does not doubt that “they will see it”.

“He is the ideal son-in-law, he is still not good enough at Barcelona, he plays the ball from here to there, he must do much better.”

“It is an exaggeration in the media, because he did not play so well this year,” he added, although he also criticized that Barca did not make him play.”

“At Ajax, everyone was looking for him, he was the center of the game, while at Barca it is not like that, that is a big difference.”


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‘Always have your back’ – De Jong celebrates his girlfriend’s 22nd birthday


The Dutch star turned to the networks to dedicate a message to his girlfriend

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has turned to his Instagram to congratulate his 22-year-old girlfriend Mikky Kimeney’s birthday. The midfielder dedicated to his partner a loving message that I accompanied with a photograph of both.


“ Happy birthday to my love, I will always have your back”, were the words that the Dutchman wrote to the young entrepreneur next to a snapshot in which they appear sitting on stairs.

Kimeney also wanted to share this special moment through her profile of the same social network. “hold up wait a minute it’s 22” she said.


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Dutch club Willem II ‘still waiting on millions from Barcelona’ for De Jong deal


Willem II director Martin van Geel has confirmed the club are still waiting for millions from Frenkie de Jong’s move to Barcelona.

Ajax sold De Jong to Barcelona for around €86 million in the summer, which means Willem II are due around €8.5 million because of a resale percentage.


Speaking to Brabants Dagblad, Martin van Geel spoke about the financial uncertainty that Willem II have due to the coronavirus outbreak, “If the virus had broken out two years ago, we would have been much worse financially and sportively. But it is still hard work to keep the club afloat.”

Van Geel expects that FIFA will help ensure Barcelona pays them what is due and spoke about the absurdity at the top of football, “After two weeks of no football, Barcelona asked if the players wanted to hand in seventy percent of their salary.


A few days later, it was announced that according to some media, the club has 100 million euros and a salary of seven million euros left for Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan. It represents the absurdity of top football. It would be nice if that normalised. “

Willem II are also waiting on money from Dynamo Kiev for Fran Sol, and from Aucas for Diego Palacios.


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