Pivot or interior - De Jong discusses his best position in midfield
- The Dutchman played as a pivot in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
- However, De Jong insists it doesn't matter where exactly he is going to play.
- He also claims Valverde never told him to play in one fixed position.
- As for the boss himself, he also believed the 22-year-old could play as an interior as well.
Frenkie de Jong only lasted on the pitch for 45 minutes but still managed to impress on his debut. The Dutchman was subbed on after the break as Barcelona lost to Chelsea 2-1 in a friendly in Japan. The 22-year-old controlled the midfield as he has always been a part of the Blaugrana squad.
There is still no certainty on which exact position De Jong will occupy in the Blaugrana midfield. After all, this area is somewhat overcrowded. There are currently nine senior players capable of playing there. Moreover, Riqui Puig's potential exploits could see him promoted to the first team as well.
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De Jong, meanwhile, doesn't seem to be eager to speculate on his future role in the Barcelona midfield. It is true he played as a pivot against Chelsea but his position isn't fixed, as he states after the game, as quoted by Diario Sport:
"I felt very comfortable in midfield because my team-mates helped me a lot, the feelings have been good. For me it's not important to play in one position or another, what I like is playing and it doesn't matter where that is. Valverde didn't tell me that I was just going to play in one fixed position."
He adds on Valverde's impact on his game: "He didn't give me too many instructions. Just a few things about the team tactics and the pressing, and bringing the ball out, but not too much."
As for Valverde himself, he echoes his player's statement: "Against Chelsea he played as a pivot but he can play as an interior, we'll see."
By the way, Andrea Pirlo has recently revealed De Jong reminds him of... a younger version of himself!
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