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Xavi singles out ‘extraordinary’ Frenkie de Jong for praise

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The Barcelona legend is a big fan

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Xavi has been talking about Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and has made it clear he’s a big fan of the Netherlands international.

The Barcelona legend said he was really happy to see De Jong sign for Barcelona from Ajax and thinks he will go on and have a big future at the Camp Nou.

De Jong has been a regular since his arrival but Barca haven’t consistently seen the best of their young star yet, and Xavi says the midfielder needs time to adapt to life at the Camp Nou.

“The day that Frenkie de Jong signed for Barcelona I was very happy. I wished him luck on Instagram and he replied to me. He’s a player who could mark an era at Barca and one of the best of the great generation that Holland have for the World Cup, he’s still young.

“He’s an extraordinary footballer. A midfielder that is not afraid to receive the ball in difficult areas, I’ll repeat it, he’s a very good player. At Barca you need an excellent level to play. You get there and there is Messi, Griezmann, Pique, Busquets... the best in the world in your team.

“Frenkie needs time to adapt, learn a new language, culture, the game. It was hard for me, it was hard for Iniesta to make the difference when you are so young. De Jong is De Jong, nothing to do with Busquets, Iniesta or Xavi.”

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De Jong has played every single minute of Barca’s campaign so far, starting in all seven league games and the three Champions League group stage matches. The Dutchman should be in the starting XI again on Saturday against Atletico.