Wales boss says he hopes Frenkie de Jong signs for Manchester United
Frenkie de Jong and the Netherlands play their final match of the UEFA Nations League tonight, before a well deserved summer break.
Louis van Gaal’s side face Wales for the second time, following on from a 2-1 win against them last week, which saw De Jong play a starring role as a substitute.
Wales boss Robert Page was asked about De Jong at his pre-match press conference and spoke glowingly about him.
The topic of De Jong’s potential move to Manchester United came up, with BBC Sport reporting talks are ongoing between the Red Devils and Barcelona.
Page hopes De Jong signs
Quoted by Voetball International, Page talked up De Jong’s ability and said he would welcome his move to the Premier League.
He commented: “A great player. We experienced that firsthand.
‘I don’t know where he’s going to play, but whatever he’s doing; he will shine there. De Jong is a great player, let’s hope for the fans that he can be seen in the Premier League every week next season.”
De Jong helped Netherlands turn the game against Wales last week, before he came on, the game was goalless, and he gave his side a spark which ignited a 2-1 win. The winning goal came after he won the ball back in midfield and drove forward, before Tyrell Malacia crossed the ball for Wout Weghorst to score.
Manchester United supporters are hoping for a breakthrough in talks with Barcelona over a move for the midfielder.
Discussions over De Jong’s future are expected to accelerate once the international break is over. The Dutchman will want to know where he is heading, when his holidays come to an end.
As Page points out, the midfielder will be an asset to the Premier League, a footballer who will make the division more competitive, and who fans of all clubs will appreciate.
De Jong, 24, is at the stage where he may need a fresh challenge, we told earlier how he was advised to leave ‘sinking ship’ Barcelona earlier this year. Now it is up to United to show how serious they are, and pay up.