Frenkie de Jong was one of the most impressive young players in the world last season, earning a lot of praise and leading his hometown club Ajax to the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
FC Barcelona signed him mid-season to work as Sergio Busquet's long-term replacement and the club had to offload 75 million to snag him away from other European giants.
Thus, the Dutch midfielder admitted he was pretty close to joining other clubs instead of Barcelona, during an interview for Spanish outlet El Periodico:
"If it had not been Barca, I find it hard to say it now, it would have been PSG or City," the 22-year-old told the media.
When asked about why he rejected a move to one of those teams where he could easily make more money than with Barcelona, de Jong made sure to let everybody know that he's not just about the bills:
"It is not right to talk about (money). Money was not my business. Money was never discussed in the meeting room with me. It was a matter for my agent. The most important thing was the way (Barcelona) played and how they saw me, what plans they had for me. When (Barcelona) told me they saw me playing here, that they thought about this and that, then they really convinced me. I talked with my family and my agent and we chose Barca. Then my agent came here to negotiate," de Jong added.
Moreover, the Dutch international admitted that he was always fond of the Catalans because of all the former Netherlands' players that dressed the Blaugrana jersey in the past, like Johan Cruyff or Patrick Kliuvert:
"When Cruyff went to Barcelona he dragged a lot of (Dutch) feelings towards Barca. The Dutch like to watch good football, enjoy good football, and Barcelona have always played well. I am very comfortable in Barcelona, really. It is not important in what position I play. I am happy to do it anywhere in the center of the field with the number of players there are and the quality they have," he concluded.