Barcelona new boy Frenkie de Jong talks chemistry with Arthur and Matthijs de Ligt future

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Barcelona new boy Frenkie de Jong is convinced he can gel with Arthur and is “eager to play” with the Brazil international.

De Jong, 22, will join up with his new team-mates next month after a €75 million move was secured from Ajax in January.

The arrival of the highly rated Netherlands international has led to questions about whether Arthur may need to step aside after a promising debut campaign. But he insisted there is room for both in the La Liga title winners’ midfield.

“He [Arthur] is a great player. He is technical, he is calm, he is very, very good and I really want to play, I am eager to play with him,” De Jong told Esporte Interativo.

“Of course we can play together, why not?”

Ajax and Netherlands centre-back Matthijs de Ligt continues to be linked with following in his compatriot’s footsteps. Amid strong interest from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Manchester United, De Jong could offer no insight.

He stated: “It’s his [De Ligt’s] decision. He must decide his future with his family and friends and we’ll see where he goes.”

De Jong scored five times in 89 appearances for Ajax. He should be in situ at Barca to take part in next month’s pre-season’s tour of Japan.

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Centre midfielder Arthur has stated he feels “more freedom” when representing Brazil, rather than running out for Barcelona.

Arthur, 22, enjoyed a solid debut season at Camp Nou after his €40 million switch from Gremio. Such form has thrust him into contention for the Canarinha, who are preparing to host the 2019 Copa America – which kicks off on June 14 (local time).

When asked to reflect on the differences between club and country, the eight-times-capped international revealed a preference for a deeper role with his nation.

“The main thing is that I participate in the creation of the play further forward at Barcelona, [whereas] in the national team I have more freedom to go back and build the play,” he told reporters, according to Marca.

“I think that’s the biggest difference, as Tite gave me more freedom to look for the ball further back.

“[At Barcelona] I get more between the lines and I have to move towards the attack.”

Arthur got one assist in 27 run-outs on the way to his club’s La Liga success.

Brazil start in Group A at the Copa against Bolivia at Cicero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium.

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Jasper Cillessen says he has tried to sell Barcelona move to Matthijs de Ligt

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Matthijs de Ligt

Barcelona back-up goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen believes that highly sought-after Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt ‘knows what to do’ in regards to his future.

The Ajax captain has been linked to a move to Barcelona months after they captured another top Dutch talent and De Ligt’s very good friend Frenkie de Jong.

With teams like Paris Saint-Germain and the Manchester clubs entering the tussle, the 19-year-old has been presented with a wider choice of suitors.

Cillessen has urged the player to join the Catalan giants and claimed that he trusts him to take the right decision.

“I sat down with Matthijs de Ligt to talk about his future. I can only tell him good things about Barca, because it’s a great club and I have great feelings with Barca. I told him the same as Frenkie. Matthijs is a good boy, he knows what he has to do,” he said, according to Mundo Deportivo.

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