Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong admits he considered Tottenham move before opting for £65million Barcelona switch


Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong admits he considered Tottenham move before opting for £65million Barcelona switch

Ajax star Frenkie de Jong ‘considered’ an offer to join Tottenham ‘long and hard’ last summer.

The 21-year-old will officially join Barcelona in July after agreeing a £65million move earlier this year.

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De Jong was targeted by Spurs, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City before choosing Barcelona in January.

And the Netherlands midfielder has admitted he could have been a Tottenham player before the start of the 2018/19 season.

He told FourFourTwo: “The moment wasn’t right. I wasn’t finished at Ajax, as I hadn’t yet played a full season in my own position.

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“I was also injured in that period, so I was thinking, ‘Not yet’. I felt I should stay for another year at Ajax, or perhaps longer.

“I considered their [Spurs’] offer long and hard. I see Tottenham as a very stable club, and they are only getting better.

“They give young players a chance and I see Mauricio Pochettino as a manager who really improves young players.