Xavi believes that Frenkie de Jong has the potential to become one of the best players in the history of FC Barcelona. The Dutch midfielder joined the club from Ajax in the summer of 2019 and he has become one of the key players under Ronald Koeman, as De Jong has made more minutes than any other player at the club. Xavi is a big admirer of De Jong and his style of play and believes the Dutch midfielder could be marking ‘a new era’ at Barcelona.
“He is a player who will mark an era,” Xavi, now coach of Qatari side Al Sadd, said. “The day that Frenkie de Jong signed for Barcelona made me very happy. He is a footballer who can mark an era at Barca and is one of the best of a great generation that Holland has for the World Cup. He’s still very young. He’s an extraordinary footballer, a midfielder who isn’t afraid to receive the ball in difficult areas. In short, a very good footballer.”
De Jong had a difficult first season as he joined a club , but Xaxi feels that is understandable seeing his move from Ajax. “Barca asks for an excellent level of play”, he said. “The best in the world are on your team. Frenkie needs time to adapt, to get to know another language and another culture.” This season De Jong has made 10 appearances for Barcelona across all competitions, providing one assist.