Wednesday, December 8

“I am different from the strikers that Barça has”

  • The former Sevilla player joins training and could make his debut on Saturday at the Sánchez Pizjuan, his old stadium

  • “Koeman knows me and knows when he needs a player in the final stretch of a game, if he needs height and passing game”

“I really want to start.” Luke de Jong, the striker who received Koeman on the last market day, is already in Barcelona, ​​ready to start his new era. He comes on loan to the Camp Nou with Sevilla assuming even a part of his file. “I am a different player than the strikers who are here,” recalled the Dutch footballer, who underwent a medical examination prior to the start of training this afternoon at the sports city of Sant Joan Despí.

At 31 years old, he looks at an opportunity that he did not even imagine. He was at Sánchez Pizjuan turned into the third striker for Julen Lopetegui, displaced even by the arrival of Rafa Mir, from Wolverhampton, unable as he was to snatch Luke de Jong the position of holder And Nesyry. Luuk de Jong will be presented this Thursday at the Camp Nou.

Koeman greeted him with a hug after losing track of him when he stopped being the Netherlands coach. Then he hugged Pedri, who had permission until Wednesday to extend his vacation, but decided to shorten it by 48 hours.

Koeman’s call, together with the loan of Griezmann to Atlético, has precipitated the arrival of Luuk de Jong at the Camp Nou. “I have height, I am good with my head. People know my quality and what I can contribute,” the player stressed, arguing that his strength in the air game gives Barça a new resource. “He always had a very good relationship with Koeman. For me, he is a very good coach. He has a lot of confidence in my quality. With me, he has a different point. It is what Barcelona needs.”

The connection with Frenkie de Jong and Memphis

It knows where it comes from. And he knows, above all, what he comes for. “I know that I will not play every game, but since I have a good relationship with Koeman since his time as coach of the Netherlands, he knows how I am,” said Luuk de Jong. “He also knows when he needs a player at the end of the matches, tall and strong with his head. I am like that,” he added.

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Then, he recalled that during his time at Sevilla he has been able to show that I have “other qualities”, although Koeman especially seeks his direct relationship with the goal, despite only scoring four goals in the League last season with the Andalusian team. He arrives at the Camp Nou where he will meet two former teammates. “Memphis and Frenkie are two good people. I also know Ter Stegen from Germany, he is a very good person too. I have played with him at Borussia Mönchengladbach. I have no worries about adaptation.”

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