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Frenkie De Jong Received A Standing Ovation From Eibar Fans For His Brilliant Performance

Frenkie De Jong Received A Standing Ovation From Eibar Fans For His Brilliant Performance

Frenkie de Jong's superb performance for Barcelona received an overwhelmingly warm reception from Eibar fans as they applauded him when he was subbed off.

The 22-year-old Dutch midfielder left Ajax at the end of last season and completed a sensational £65m move to the Camp Nou.

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And De Jong has had no problem living up to his price tag and has quickly adapted to Barcelona's playing style.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde took the former Ajax star off in 79th minute for Ivan Rakitic ahead of his side's upcoming Champions League clash.

And Eibar fans applauded off De Jong, who was named RAC1's man of the match, for pulling the strings in the Barcelona midfield at the Ipurua.

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Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, who picked up his sixth European Golden Shoe on Wednesday, told Spanish newspaper Marca that De Jong is a "very complete footballer."

He explained: "It has been easy for him to adapt to the team because he came from a similar philosophy at Ajax.

"He grew up with the same idea and the same way of playing, although there he did not have much to play as an anterior.

"As a pivot he feels more comfortable, but he has adapted well.

"He likes to have the ball, play short passes, play passes between the lines and he has a very fast and strong stride."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Barcelona marquee summer signing Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring in the first half against Eibar.

And Barcelona captain Messi would double his side's lead in the second half before setting up Luis Suarez for Barca's third.

Barcelona's 3-0 victory has moved them to the top of La Liga ahead of Real Madrid's clash with RCD Mallorca, which will kick-off 8pm UK time on Saturday.

The defending Spanish champions will resume their Champions League campaign on Wednesday with a trip to Slavia Prague.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Twitter

Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Eibar, Twitter, Ernesto Valverde, Frenkie De Jong, La Liga

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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