De Jong fit to face Madrid Ten Hag

first_imgAjax boss Erik ten Hag has confirmed the availability of Frenkie de Jong for Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.De Jong featured in the club’s 1-0 Eredivisie defeat at Heracles on Saturday but was later taken off due to a reported muscle problem.But Ten Hag dismissed fears the future Barca player could miss Wednesday’s first leg, with Brazilian winger David Neres also passed fit.“Frenkie is fine, he is happy to play the match,” the Ajax coach told a news conference ahead of facing Madrid, who have won three consecutive Champions League titles.“Like all of us, I imagine he will have an extra motivation, but we all have to play a Champions League game against Madrid.“Frenkie only wants one thing, which is to close the season well, we have this match with Madrid and he is sure to be 100 per cent motivated to give the best.“Neres is fine, he is very ambitious and a great fighter, he will show this on the pitch. He is a very important player for us and will be important against Madrid.“He has a problem in the adductor, but he has rested in the last days and I think he will be able to play the game perfectly.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…De Jong will have a chance to show Madrid some of the qualities they’d be seeing from 2019-20 and beyond, with former Ajax striker Patrick Kluivert offering an insight into the 21-year-old’s strengths.Frenkie de Jong Fit to Face Real Madrid in UCL, Says Ajax Manager Erik ten Hag: Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong has overcome the injury scare he suffered in the 1-0 defeat to Heracles on Saturday and will be fit to face Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions…— The Ingram Mortgage Team (@JayIngr82016657) February 12, 2019“Well he offers joy for the people because he’s a very good player, 21 years old now,” Kluivert said in a LaLiga interview cited on FourFourTwo.“I’ve known him for a long time now because he played with Justin [Kluivert] – my son in the youth of Ajax and then you could already see his strength.“He’s very quick in vertical runs so I think he’s a great signing for Barcelona. He will let the Barcelona fans really enjoy the way Barcelona loves to play. He’s the perfect player to join in.”last_img

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