Barcelona: De Jong hoping for De Ligt reunion at LaLiga giants
Barcelona-bound star Frenkie de Jong was asked about Matthijs de Ligt's future after Netherlands reached the Nations League final.
Frenkie de Jong is hopeful Netherlands team-mate and Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt will join him at Barcelona.
De Ligt is one of the most sought-after players in the transfer market, with LaLiga champions Barça, Ligue 1 holders Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Juventus all reportedly interested.
Barça are believed to be keen on reuniting De Ligt with De Jong, who will move to Camp Nou from Dutch champions Ajax for the 2019-20 season.
"Of course I would like him to come to Barcelona"
When asked if he was trying to convince De Ligt to join Barça following Netherlands' 3-1 extra-time win over England in the Nations League semi-finals, De Jong told reporters: "No, he has to make his own decisions.
"Of course I would like him to come to Barcelona but we will see what happens. It's up to him."
"I don't know, it's his decision," De Jong continued on Thursday. "You have to ask him about it but I hope he comes to Barça."
De Jong added: "Of course we talk about it [De Ligt joining Barça]. It's not up to me to say what he's going to do or his thoughts.
"I don't have an influence on his choice. He has to make it on his own and with his family."
Dutch face Portugal for Nations League trophy on Sunday
Netherlands reached the inaugural Nations League final thanks to a Kyle Walker own goal and Quincy Promes' late effort in extra time.
An additional period was needed after De Ligt cancelled out Marcus Rashford's penalty in Guimaraes.
Netherlands will now face Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in Sunday's decider.
"For sure it is really nice that we gave so much energy and in difficult moments we fight together. We did a good job," Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek said.
"We have a chance on Sunday to win a trophy and we have to do that."
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