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'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

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 4 days ago Sam Mcevoy For Mailonline
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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 the Catalan giant's newest player last week after he completed his £65million move from Ajax.

a football player posing for the camera: Frenkie de Jong gives the thumbs up after completing his dream move to Barcelona last week © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Frenkie de Jong gives the thumbs up after completing his dream move to Barcelona last week

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.

a close up of text on a black background: The 22-year-old midfielder is unveiled by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu (right) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 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 someday 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. 

a football player on a field: The Dutchman then made the move Arsenal in 1997 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Dutchman then made the move Arsenal in 1997

'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. 

'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.

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'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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