Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong confirms Manchester City, PSG rejections

Frenkie De Jong has given his first interview since signing for Barcelona and confirmed both PSG and Manchester City tried to sign him.

The Dutch international will join Barca this summer from Ajax after the clubs announced a transfer worth an initial €75m plus a further €11m in potential add-ons.

“I am happy, proud and also somewhat relieved it is now completed,” De Jong told NOS, as cited by Diario Sport.

“I had spoken to PSG but I have spoke to Maxwell and my agent told them that I would not be moving, I had also spoken to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

“I am very happy and proud that both those clubs wanted to sign me and others too, but Barcelona have wanted me for a long time and I know they have a financial situation where they cannot spend a lot of money.

“They have always been my dream club, they have always been serious about signing me and I always watched them when I was younger, which turned me into a fan.

“I’m not going as a tourist, and I do not want to say that I will be benching star players but I have a chance of getting minutes in a playing style that fits me.

“The transfer fee will not impact me, I will just do my own thing.”

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