De Jong: I don't expect to be a starter at Barcelona

Ruben Hill
April 30, 2019

The young Dutch central defender was one of the architects in the defeat of Real Madrid in the Champions League, with Barcelona celebrating. Why?

"My boys at Ajax are of course going to try and hold onto him for as long as they can", Melchiot told talkSPORT.

The teams play at White Hart Lane on Tuesday night.

"I'm very sad to leave, but also happy to join Barcelona". I think Sergio Ramos is a very good defender.

When posed the question over who his top three defenders in the world were in a Q&A session with his followers on Instagram, De Ligt appeared to play it safe with his answer.

"De Ligt and Van Dijk, those two together would be a great partnership". Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, has already agreed to sign for Barcelona next season.

But the defender doubts he would attract a price as big as that.

Liverpool have been urged to make a "smart" move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, with Mario Melchiot considering his fellow Dutchman to be the flawless partner for Virgil van Dijk.

He added: "I haven't made a decision yet so I don't know (if I will stay)". It's up to Ajax - it's not something that I decide. "There are various players with a lot of quality and capacity there".

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