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Andrea Pirlo has put forward strong words of endorsement for Frenkie de Jong after suggesting that he is one of the best midfielders currently in world football.
The 22-year-old Dutch midfielder has had a brilliant season with Ajax, helping to lead his side to the Eredivisie title and capturing the KNVB Cup.
While de Jong will leave the Dutch side in the summer after signing for Barcelona back in January, Pirlo had nothing but the highest of praises for the Ajax star.
"At the moment, for me, Frenkie de Jong is the best," he told the Daily Mail.
"He has the personality, the technique, everything to play in this position."
In fact, the ex-AC Milan and Juventus star even likened the Netherlands international to himself.
"It's the vision," he said.
"He knows the field and the movement of the other players. He is a very good player."
The Barcelona-bound midfielder, who received a spine-tingling farewell from the Ajax fans, posted a video message to his current club's supporters, thanking them for their support during his time at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
"From the first day I entered, I felt at home thanks to the lovely people who work here and make this club special," he said (via Marca).
"These are people who think about football and how it should be played, the quality of the staff and the players I was allowed to play with and work alongside which was amazing.
"Every day I came to the club with a great enthusiasm and I want to I would like to thank all those who work at Ajax, you were great!
"During the European nights, there was a great atmosphere that I will never forget. This season, we conquered Europe, won the cup and the 34th national title.
"It was an honour to play for this fantastic club. Thanks, AFC Ajax."
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