Frenkie de Jong admits he will be joining Barcelona with 'great joy' after splendid Ajax season

Sport360 staff 14/05/2019
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Barcelona-bound Frenkie de Jong waved goodbye to the Ajax fans after his last game at Johan Cruyff Arena.

The Dutchman admitted that he will be joining the Catalan side with great joy after a wonderful season with Ajax.

A 4-1 win over Utrecht in the Eredivisie means that Ajax have all but confirmed their domestic double. Only a miracle where Ajax lose and PSV Eindhoven overcome a goal difference of +14 can prevent De Jong from lifting the league title this season.

Although they were subject to a last-minute heartbreak against Tottenham in the semi-final of the Champions League, the 21-year-old is happy with how the campaign panned out for his team.

“It’s been wonderful, I go to Barcelona with great joy,” De Jong said, according to Marca.

“It’s been a fantastic season, although I would have liked to have said goodbye with three titles, but it wasn’t to be.

“I watched the match between Liverpool and Barcelona. I don’t know if they need me; had they been in the final, they could have won the treble.”

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Ivan Rakitic

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic provided some clarity on his outing in Seville after Barcelona’s 4-0 defeat against Liverpool.

The Croatian had attended the Feria de Abril and was pictured with smiling with fans last Wednesday.

Rakitic was heavily criticised, given the mood in the camp after such a humiliating defeat. He provided some explanation in addition to apologies.

“I don’t have any problem with saying sorry,” he said after Sunday’s 2-0 win over Getafe, according to Marca.

“I’m a father and husband, and family is the most important thing to me.

“I went to Seville to be with my family.

“Someone asked me for a photo and I never say no.

“I accept the opinions, but football is 100 per cent of my life.

“I’m responsible and I only want the best for my team-mates and for me.”

The midfielder also met some members of the Boixos Nois (Barcelona ultras) support group and explained himself to them.

“I don’t know how this got out,” he said.

“They’re two people that I know.

“They were speaking with me, it was positive and they gave me their support.”

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A bad day at the office for Ernesto Valverde.

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde spoke to the media after his team signed off their home La Liga campaign with a 2-0 victory over Getafe, whose hopes of a maiden top-four finish are now out of their hands.

The result sees Barca end in marginally better spirits a miserable week which saw them being knocked out of the Champions League after losing 4-0 to Liverpool in the semi-final second-leg, a defeat that has led to intense speculation as to whether the boss and a host of senior players will still be at the club next season.

The 55-year-old was quizzed post-match about his reaction to resignation rumours and a negative reaction from supporters.








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