Frenkie De Jong was one of Ronald Koeman’s top performers and most-used players for Barcelona this season and he hopes both his compatriot and Leo Messi will remain at the club.
The young midfielder excelled this season under Koeman’s guidance at the Camp Nou and would like to continue to have him as his head coach at Barcelona.
“I hope Koeman stays,” De Jong told AD.
“I have a good relationship with him, but I have no influence over [his future]. I just have to wait and see, I know the same as you do.”
The other major doubt at the Camp Nou this summer surrounds Messi’s future at the club and De Jong also hopes the Argentine won’t be going anywhere.
“I feel like he’s happy at Barcelona, I really hope he stays because that would help us,” said De Jong in an interview with Nu.
“He is still, by a distance, the best player in the world. If I could choose between Messi and any other player, I would always choose Messi…it would be stupid not to.”
Despite widespread praise for his individual performances, the 22-year-old is very self-critical, but recognises he has improved as a player.
“It’s hard to give myself a grade [for the season], but I wouldn’t give myself more than half a point more than last season,” said De Jong.
“But I can score more goals. We won the Copa del Rey, but in the end it wasn’t enough and I also blame myself for that.