'He has to decide for himself' – De Jong's father urges him to find right fit
Posted On March 22, 2019
The Netherlands international midfielder is among the most sought-after young players in Europe
Ajax star Frenkie de Jong’s future should lie with a team that fits his style of play, according to the midfielder’s father.
The 21-year-old is one of Europe’s most highly rated young midfielders having impressed with Ajax over the last few years.
He broke into the Ajax first team last season after previously catching the eye for the club’s second string in 2016-17, and he has continued to progress, becoming a full Netherlands international this year.
De Jong has been particularly outstanding in his country’s Nations League campaign and he produced an exceptionally mature performance against world champions France in a 2-0 win last month.
Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have been strongly linked with a swoop, with Goal confirming interest from the Premier League champions, but Barca are also in the race to sign him.
John de Jong joked that Barcelona would provide the best weather of the bunch, but the young Ajax midfielder is being urged to find a team that fits him in terms of football.
“He has to decide for himself. He is clever enough. He probably does that somewhere in the spring,” the midfiedler’s father told Voetbal Primeur.
“It’s 95 percent certain that he leaves. What would suit him best is a team that plays football, and all the clubs that are interested are footballing teams.”
While his family are trying to nudge him towards Camp Nou, De Jong has made it clear that no decision has been taken on his future.
He told Fox Sports: “I have not made a decision yet and Ajax have not reached an agreement yet with with any club.
“I don’t know yet what I will do at the end of the season, whether I will stay for an extra year or if I will join another club – and if so, which club that will be.
“Everything is still possible and there is no final decision yet. There are several interested clubs, Ajax are also speaking to a number of clubs and so is my agent.
“I am not going to mention any names, though. That is not up to me. We have permission from Ajax to speak to other clubs, they are aware of it.
“Everything is still an option and we will see what happens. I can’t say much about whether I spoke to (Pep) Guardiola.
“I am not ruling out the Premier League or any other potential destination.”