According to Pedri, Frenkie de Jong shows with the Dutch national team that he is able to follow in the footsteps of Sergio Busquets. According to various media, the 34-year-old Busquets is working on his last months at FC Barcelona and is interested in a switch to the United States. It’s unclear if he makes his move now or in the summer. In the coming weeks it will be clear what he decides to do.
Pedri on Frenkie de Jong
Twenty-year-old Pedri, who stranded with Spain in the eighth final of the World Cup, does not encourage his teacher to leave. “He’s a key player. I really like playing with him. Many people don’t see how important he is. It’s only noticeable when he’s not on the field. I hope he continues for a long time,” Pedri told Catalunya Ràdio. Should a departure of Busquets eventually go ahead, Pedri is confident that De Jong is an excellent replacement. “Frenkie has so many qualities. We have seen it when he plays in that position in the Dutch national team. He does this in spectacular fashion. I think he can be Busquets’ successor.’ Frenkie is a joy to watch for the real football lovers.
Laporte on Frenkie
Barcelona president Joan Laporte already spoke about Frenkie a day before. To create more financial room, Frenkie de Jong was constantly associated with a transfer last summer. However, Laporta wants to keep the Orange international. ‘I never wanted to sell Frenkie de Jong’, emphasizes the chairman. ‘For me he is one of the leaders of the project. We have a lot of faith in players like him and Ferran Torres. I think we can create something beautiful.’ In the same interview he said that Barcelona understands Busquets wants a change, but they are determined to keep his in Spain for the remainder of the season.