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City spoke with target

26th January 2019, 09:58 by Nick Harris

Barcelona new boy Frenkie de Jong has revealed he spoke to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola about joining the English club.

The Ajax midfielder completed his move to the Nou Camp on Thursday when the two sides agreed a fee of £65million, with the player set for a move in the summer.

De Jong has revealed that several of the top outfits in Europe were after him and says it is nice to be linked with such clubs.

"I spoke to PSG, yes," he said. "I rang Maxwell [PSG sporting coordinator] to tell him I was not joining them and my agent informed PSG.

"I also spoke with Guardiola about a move to Man City. Clubs all try to convince you when they want you.

"I am happy and proud that they did so much to get me. I am happy, proud and also somewhat relieved that it's now all behind us."

The Netherlands international has revealed Guardiola is partly to blame for him choosing the Spanish giants ahead of anyone else.

He said: "Barcelona have always been a dream club for me. I already watched Barcelona as a kid and then, when I was a bit more aware of the game, you had the Guardiola era with all their successes. That turned me into an even bigger fan."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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