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Frenkie de Jong is motivated to play against Real Madrid, according to Ajax manager

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Erik ten Hag says his team is ready to take on the current champions

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Frenkie de Jong, who has officially signed for FC Barcelona, is set to play Real Madrid tomorrow as Ajax start their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie.

His current manager, Erik ten Hag, has confirmed the young Dutchman has an extra motivation as he plays his future club’s arch-rivals. De Jong had been carrying an injury lately, but Ten Hag declared him fit to play.

“He is excited to play tomorrow,” the manager said, “just like the rest of us. He will have an extra motivation for it being Real Madrid, just like all of us.

“Frenkie only wants one thing and that is to end the season well with Ajax. He is motivated to give his best against Real Madrid.”

The manager has said Madrid are favorites, and it will be a big challenge for the Dutch club to get past them.