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Frenkie de Jong happy his ‘idol’ Lionel Messi will now be his team-mate

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The midfielder has arrived in Barcelona

FC Barcelona Unveil New Player Frenkie de Jong Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images

New signing Frenkie de Jong is looking forward to life at Barcelona after arriving at the club ahead of his official presentation on Friday.

The club announced in January they had agreed a deal to bring the midfielder to the Camp Nou on a five-year deal and De Jong has already offered his first thoughts on his new team.

“I’m happy to be able to play with Messi, who I have always followed. Now my idol will be my team-mate,” he said.

“Barça and Holland have always had a great, special connection, and I hope to follow in that tradition.

“I want to be one of the great Dutch players who have played at FC Barcelona.”

Source | FC Barcelona

We should hear plenty more from De Jong on Friday as he officially puts pen to paper on his contract and then holds a press conference at his new club.