De Jong was wrong joining Barcelona – Van Gaal
LVG questions De Jong’s move to Barcelona
The 21-year-old, in January, agreed a five-year deal with the Blaugrana, but a former coach at the club has questioned the rationality behind the move.
Louis Van Gaal, a two-time coach at Barcelona (1997-2000 & 2000-02) has said the club’s expected summer arrival and compatriot Frenkie De Jong might find the club difficult.
According to the former Netherland coach, De Jong has a great battle for places to fight, as the retired coach believes Barcelona have great and ready-made players in the position the Netherland player was brought in to fill.
“I think he’s going to have a difficult time there,” Van Gaal told foxsports. “Not only because maybe he has a different role, but because he will have to compete with others to be in the starting lineup.
“He was lucky that Barcelona was eliminated in the semifinals of the Champions League since the status of the club is different and there will be other players.
“I think De Jong is a very good player, but so is Ivan Rakitic, and five years ago, when I was at Manchester United, I wanted to sign Arturo Vidal.”
The former Manchester United manager explained further that a player of De Jong’s should have been more holistic in analysing his future, as regular playing should have topped his priority.
“As a player, you must choose a club where you can always play, the question is whether that is what you have in Barcelona, we have to wait to see it. I hope so because at that age you have to play every game.”
Back in March of this year, when Van Gaal was quizzed the ideal club for the youngster, he opted for PSG.
“I have also once said that it would have been more sensible for Frenkie De Jong if he had gone to Paris Saint-German…. I also think he’s a great talent, but I also think he has to go through a whole development,” Van Gael, as quoted by foxsports.