Xavi: Frenkie de Jong “can mark an era” at Barca
De Jong has impressed everyone with his maturity and quality while playing as a pivot, part of a double-pivot, and at center-back, and . Xavi, probably the finest midfielder in Barcelona’s history, has been speaking highly of him.
“He is a footballer who can mark an era at Barca and is one of the best of a great generation that Holland has for the World Cup."
“He’s still very young. He’s an extraordinary footballer, a midfielder who isn’t afraid to receive the ball in difficult areas. In short, a very good footballer.”
De Jong’s first season was imperfect, as he found it hard to hold the balance with Sergio Busquets in midfield and coping with a collective underperformance that had Barcelona end the campaign without silverware.
Xavi says it’s understandable. “Barca asks for an excellent level of play,” he said. “The best in the world are on your team. Frenkie needs time to adapt, to get to know another language and another culture.”
Xavi is one of the most decorated footballers in the history of the game. The Catalan has won, amongst many others, eight La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, two European Championships, and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.