Frenkie de Jong deemed to leave a mark at Camp Nou in the coming years.
Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez believes the best yet to come from De Jong and he is capable of building his own legacy for both club and country.
“When Barcelona signed Frenkie de Jong, it made me happy. I wished him good luck on Instagram, he responded very well, saying ‘Thank you, it’s an honour’. I consider him a footballer that can mark an era at Barcelona,” Xavi told the 2022 World Cup’s Instagram account.
“Surely for Netherlands, he will be one of the best players of his generation at Qatar 2022, without a doubt, he’s still so young.
“I think he is an extraordinary footballer, he’s not afraid of getting the ball in areas that make it difficult to turn, he’s such a good player.
“Obviously, Barcelona requires players to be at an excellent level, otherwise there’s always criticism. When you arrive at Barcelona, you have Messi, Griezmann, Pique, Busquets, Ter Stegen, the best players in the world are on your team. And you need time to adapt to a different culture, different language. It was also difficult for me, for Iniesta as well, when we were younger at 20-23, it’s hard at a big club to make a difference.
“Frenkie de Jong is Frenkie de Jong. He has nothing to do with Iniesta, with me or with Busquets, he’s totally different.
“He’s a very capable player and he will be the organiser of this generation of Dutch players. He’s capable of organising a team from the midfield and I have no doubts, it’s up to him.
“The Netherlands had the bad luck that they didn’t qualify for the last World Cup but now they have a generation of players who are really good and can achieve great things, without a doubt.”