Frenkie de Jong should have gone to Juventus, not Barca believes Van Gaal. He does not believe that midfielder talents are adequately used at Camp Nou.
Juventus is the best solution for De Jong than Barca
According to Louis van Gaal, who does not believe that midfielder talents are adequately used at Camp Nou, Frankie de Jong would be better off joining Juventus instead of Barcelona. Frankie completed the transition from Ajax to Barcelona last summer for €75 million (£65 million/$83 million) after the grand campaign of 2018-19, during which he became one of the brightest young prospects in European football. Since then, the 22-year-old has played 34 games in all competitions for the Spanish champions, scoring two goals, but he was not able to reproduce the same form that he consistently showed at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
For Frankie central defence could be more significant
More often than not, De Jong turned around to the left of the middle three in the starting lineup of Barca, working together with experienced teammates Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic. However, Van Gaal believes that a fellow Dutchman could have a more significant influence on the matches if he were playing in the central defense, having already proved that he can cope with the pressure of the game for one of the largest clubs in the world. “I’m no longer a Barcelona boss,” but I think that Rakitic and Arthur can play in the middle of the field at the same time as De Jong, “the former manager of Barca and the Netherlands told reporters.
He doesn’t have speed
When asked if Barca could not decide to play Frankie in the center because he is not fast enough, Van Gaal added: “Frankie de Jong doesn’t have speed. Barcelona can improve the center of defense by putting Frankie there. He turns out very well if we assume that he is a 22-year-old man who has just gone abroad to another culture.”The Blaugrana paid a high price for him, which adds more pressure.”Van Gaal continued to express his conviction that Juventus would be the best landing site for De Jong, it was there that his compatriot Matthijs de Ligt ended up after leaving Ajax at the same time.
ex-boss Ernesto Valverde would like him
The 68-year-old specialist also suggested that De Jong barely met expectations at Camp Nou since he is no longer a big fish in a small pool, adding: “Frankie plays because of the price that he was worth, I’m convinced of this. Ernesto Valverde would like to have him, but now there is another coach and the question is whether he will continue to play since this coach was not the one who bought him. In Ajax, everyone was looking for him. He was the center of the game, at that time as in Barca it’s not so. It’s a big difference.
“If only one club were to buy Matthijs de Ligt, it would be Barcelona. And with Sergio Busquets, it turns out that Frankie de Jong should go to Juventus. Barca is missing more, De Ligt print player than De Jong. “De Jong will return in a statement for Quique Setien’s lineup when Barca takes Real Sociedad on Saturday. The Cules are eager to rebound quickly after a disappointing defeat from Real Madrid in El Clasico, as a result of which they lag behind their arch-rivals one point at the top of the La Liga standings.