Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong: ‘I try to have a picture of where everyone is’

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The Dutch 21-year-old, one of the best young players around, talks intuition, Johan Cruyff and the links with Barcelona and Manchester City

“It’s crazy when people like you come all the way from England,” Frenkie de Jong says with a sincerity that suggests he really is struggling to understand why anyone would board a plane just to interview him.

De Jong offers a bashful smile and for a moment it almost feels as if he has a point as we sit in the noisy canteen at Ajax’s training ground. Maybe it is time to stop the tape and give this pleasant young man some space.

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Written by Jacob Steinberg
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/dec/06/frenkie-de-jong-ajax-manchester-city-barcelona under the title “Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong: ‘I try to have a picture of where everyone is’”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.