Nike Wants De Jong to Wear His First Name on Barcelona Shirt

Barcelona earlier this month announced the signing of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax for next season and now the Dutch midfielder has revealed a number of interesting details on his transfer in an interview.

It appears that De Jong's sponsor Nike has some plans for him, including the possibility of wearing his first name Frenkie on the shirt instead of De Jong.



"We are also thinking about playing with Frenkie on the back of my shirt, which Nike prefers from a merchandising point of view, but I'm not sure I want it.

Playing with 21 would be nice, because that is kind of my number, but the selection for the new season is not yet known, so I will have to wait."

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Number 21 is currently belonging to Carles Alena, but since it's not a very prestigious one per se, we think it's unlikely he wouldn't be ready to give it up. With the Spanish league just allowing numbers up to 25 to be used by first-team players, it's not unusual to see quite a lot of switches and shifts happen during the off-season.

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"In July I sign my official contract in Barcelona and I am also presented to the fans and the press," he said.

De Jong also gave some insight into what made him choose the club and expressed his hope of staying at Barcelona for a long time.

"Paris Saint-Germain was a good option, but Barcelona has always been a dream.

"I am happy with my five-year contract, and if I succeed, the chances are that I will never leave, just like [Lionel] Messi."

Would you like to see De Jong wear Frenkie on his shirt at Barcelona? Would you prefer for him to have a more "important" number? Comment below.
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