Frenkie de Jong: Barcelona asked me to knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League

Barcelona-bound Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong revealed this evening that the Blaugrana asked him to do his part in knocking Real Madrid out of the Champions League, ahead of his signing at the Camp Nou in January.

Ajax prodigy

de Jong, a versatile 21-year-old central midfielder who can also play in defence, made the move to Ajax from fellow Eredivisie outfit Willem II in the summer of 2015.

After struggling for game-time during his first couple of seasons in Amsterdam, de Jong burst onto the scene last season, on his way to 22 league appearances.

The youngster even managed to chip in with a hugely-impressive 8 assists in the Eredivisie.

And the current campaign has only seen de Jong’s prominence in his home country grow stronger, with the gifted midfielder having played a starring role in Ajax’s 18 wins from 23 thus far in the league, as well as the club’s run to the Last-16 of the Champions League.

Frenkie De Jong

Frenkie De Jong challenges Marouane Fellaini during the UEFA Europa League Final between Ajax and Manchester United at Friends Arena on May 24, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Barcelona vs PSG

As such, news that the 21-year-old was being sought out by a number of European football’s biggest clubs over the last couple of months came as little surprise.

The hunt for the Dutch maestro’s signature came to a head in January, when Barcelona and PSG went head-to-head over de Jong.

In the end, it was the Blaugrana who won out, securing a hefty deal worth 75 million Euro (plus a potential 11 million in bonuses) which will see de Jong make the move to the Camp Nou in the summer:

‘Knock out Real’

And de Jong has this evening opened up on one lighthearted request made by the Barcelona board upon his signing for the club.

Speaking in an interview with De Telegraaf, the prodigious youngster confirmed that he was asked to do his part in attempting to knock the Blaugrana’s fierce rivals Real Madrid out of the Champions League, ahead of the last-16 tie between Ajax and Los Blancos:

‘During my contract signing, they said: try to knock out Real. That would also be great for Barça, of course.’

de Jong continued:

‘On Saturday I watched the game (El Clasico) on TV. Not to analyze Real Madrid, but of course I looked at something different than normal, because we will play against Real. But I was mainly on the couch as a fan.’

‘We have to play offensively, apply pressure and play football. If everyone participates, we have enough quality to cause a surprise.’

Incredibly, de Jong’s mission to oust champions Real from Europe is currently well on track, with Ajax 2-0 up at the Bernabeu.

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