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Frank de Boer: Frenkie de Jong is not playing in his best position

The Netherlands legend says De Jong is playing too far from the center

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Frenkie de Jong is playing too far from the center at Barcelona, according to Frank de Boer.

“I saw the last games of Barcelona and Frenkie was playing almost on the wing. I don’t believe that’s his position; he should play in the centre or as a holding midfielder,” De Boer said.

The Netherlands legend and former Barcelona and Ajax player is now Ajax’s youth coach.

De Jong has not had the best start after joining Barça from Ajax last summer, although to be fair, the whole team has struggled in the first three games of La Liga, in the absence of Lionel Messi.

“I don’t know what Valverde will do. What I do know is that Frenkie may have to be patient. Sergio Busquets is already getting on, although he continues to play with the same quality as always on the pitch,” De Boer continued.

“The philosophy of Barcelona is not new to him. What happens is that the other players have to complete their understanding of his game.

”Frenkie is a different type of player to Busquets. His teammates have to adapt to him and Frenkie to them. What is clear is that he has a talent that has not been seen in a long time.

”That is why I am convinced he will end up being a success there,” a confident De Boer said.

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