De Jong discusses competition in Barca midfield and his preferred position
- Frenkie says that he is not afraid to fight for his place in starting XI.
- This is exactly what he expected when he signed for Barca.
- The 22-year-old doesn't have a preferred position as long as he is playing in the middle of the park.
- It's important for de Jong to follow Cruyff style of play.
Frenkie de Jong gives an exclusive interview to La Vanguardia where he discusses the high level of competition in Barcelona midfield where eight players are fighting for three spots and reveals in which position he feels most comfortable to play.
"I'm not afraid of competition," Frenkie said. "It is normal when you sign for Barcelona. I will try to make sure I am one of the chosen ones in midfield.
"The connection with my teammates is very good. They help me a lot. Although I have not yet mastered the language and it costs me a few words. The chemistry in the team is really good, in the dressing room, and that's a good start. If I learn the language fast, it may be even better for me."
As for his preferred position, de Jong says that he doesn't have one as long as he plays in midfield:
"I enjoy combining with my teammates, combining, that is enough for me. While I'm in midfield everything is fine. I don't mind where in midfield.
"A particular style of play that I like? I hope we can show it to the fans in every game and play well. Winning titles of course, but when you play at Barca or Ajax you need to play well, in the manner of Cruyff, because it is part of the club."
De Jong is particularly renowned for his aspirations to perfection. He has recently revealed he wants to improve his long-range passing, shooting and goalscoring abilities. In total, it seems the 22-year-old wants to become a fully complete footballer which is admirable, to say the least.
De Jong's perfectionism was particularly noticed during Barcelona's flight back to the Catalan capital after the 4-0 Napoli win. Unlike his teammates, the Dutchman wasn't playing any games or watching any TV series. Instead, he was reviewing the highlights of the game.