Frenkie de Jong revealed the discussion with Pep Guardiola before agreeing for a transfer deal to Camp Nou.
The 21-year old Dutch wonderkid put pen to paper with Barcelona in a big-money transfer last week and will link up with the Catalan club at the end of the season. De Jong was the subject of a fierce transfer battle featuring Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain as the Nou Camp side eventually came out on top.
De Jong, who is considered as one of the most exciting young players in Europe, will begin a five-year contract with his new club.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has accused Pep Guardiola of breaking the rules in his bid to land Frenkie De Jong to Camp Nou. And soon after penning his deal in a move worth around £70m, De Jong revealed he held a telephone conversation with Guardiola himself to discuss a Premier League switch. But Valverde insists his counterpart should not have been talking to a player who was still under contract at Ajax.
“Maybe if you talk to a player with a contract with another team. That can not be done, you can not talk to a player who has a contract. Recognize that you’ve done that … it’s not in my code. Say, everyone has their way of acting.”
Ironically, De Jong revealed that it was growing up watching Guardiola’s Barcelona team play that tempted him to join the famous club over Manchester City.
De Jong said. “I spoke with Paris Saint-Germain and I also spoke with Guardiola about signing for Manchester City, they all want to convince you when they love you, I am happy and proud that they loved me, but I decided to sign for Barcelona. I saw Barcelona as a child and then, when I was a little more aware of the game, I followed the Guardiola era with all his successes, that still made me a biggest fan.”
De Jong has attracted a lot of interest from the host of European clubs but Barcelona won the race to sign him for five years of contract. He was a dream target of Manchester city and Pep Guardiola didn’t left an ounce in making a move for him yet the transfer fee was beyond City’s approach and Ajax didn’t want a loan deal for their young star.