Frenkie de Jong was predictably asked about Lionel Messi after the Netherlands’ 1-0 win over Poland on Friday in the Nations League.
The midfielder was understandably happy to hear the Barcelona captain has changed his mind about leaving the club and would be staying for the 2020-21 season.
“Yes, I read it. Personally I am very happy with it. He is the best player in the world. So if he stays, you are happy.
“I have not had any contact with people from Barcelona. It became known quite late and we were preparing for the game, but I am very happy with it.
“It was something between Messi and the club. I have no control over that and I was not in Barcelona, so it makes sense to follow it from a distance.”
Source | NOS
De Jong put in another good showing on Friday for the national side. He played a role in the only goal of the game, scored by Steven Bergwijn, and also hit the post with a low shot.
Frenkie de Jong’s game by numbers vs. Poland:— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) September 4, 2020
100% long pass accuracy
100% ground duels won
91% pass accuracy
5 fouls suffered
2 key passes
A perfect pass to create the goal too. pic.twitter.com/Od3bUVFCNt
It was the Netherlands’ first game since the departure of Koeman to Barcelona. Interim coach Dwight Lodeweges will take charge again for their next match on Monday against Italy.