Luuk de Jong: “Koeman wanted a different forward … I think I fit in at Barcelona”


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Luuk de Jong: "Koeman wanted a different forward ... I think I fit in at Barcelona"

BARCELONA – Barcelona’s new forward, the Dutch Luuk de Jong, assured this Thursday in his presentation that he fits into the team, despite being a substitute for Sevilla and not complying with the classic canons of the Catalan team.

“It’s lucky to be here. I think the message from the coach (Ronald Koeman) was clear: he wanted a different striker and that’s why he thought of me. He had thought of me for a long time and I think I fit into the team. I’ve already shown my quality at the highest level and I hope to be able to do it here “, explained the Dutchman, express request of Koeman.

De Jong, on loan from Sevilla for this season with an option to buy, did not close the doors to remain at Barça in the future, although he said his current priority is “to work as much as possible”, after fulfilling “a child’s dream “.

“It is the most important step of my career. It is a very great thing to have managed to play for the best club in the world. I have had many important things in my career, such as winning the Europa League, but being here at Barcelona is a dream come true reality, “described the 31-year-old forward.

The powerful attacker joins the list of Dutch people present at the Barça club, where, in addition to Ronald Koeman, there are also Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay, with whom he has “a great relationship”.

“I already know Memphis from the national team and at PSV Eindhoven we had already played together. We have a very good connection, we understand each other very well without words. We use the language of football and I hope we understand each other here,” he stressed.

In the same way, De Jong spoke of what Koeman expects of him in the field, his main supporter and that he contacted him during the month of August.

“The coach wanted a forward, but different from what he has in the team, to change a bit of tactics. And I think I can give it to him,” he described.

In addition, the player, 1.88 meters tall, explained that he usually scores in important matches because he enjoys “the game” and does not pay much attention to who the rival is.

Signed in the last minute of the summer market and still without making his debut, De Jong made himself available to the coaching staff for the team’s next game, in the debut in the Champions League next Tuesday against Bayern Munich.

“I feel very good. I had a knee injury, a complicated injury, with two months of recovery, but now I have been training for three or four weeks with the team. I feel fit and prepared. I don’t know what plans the team has. Mister for the next game but I feel prepared, “he said.


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