Virgil van Dijk rates Barcelona star and Man Utd target Frenkie de Jong | Soccer

Frenkie de Jong and Virgil van Dijk are Dutch teammates

Frenkie de Jong and Virgil van Dijk are Dutch teammates (Images: Getty/NOS)

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has praised Barcelona star and Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong, insisting his Dutch team-mate “always plays well”.

Van Dijk and De Jong both played in the Netherlands’ 4-1 Nations League win over Belgium on Friday.

Anfield hero Van Dijk was full of praise for De Jong after the dominant win as the Dutch midfielder continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford.

New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag worked with de Jong at Ajax and is keen to make the 25-year-old one of his first United signings.

De Jong said he is more than happy to stay at Barcelona but the Spanish club may be tempted to sell due to their financial difficulties.

Asked which teammates impressed him after the Netherlands beat Belgium, Van Dijk told NOS Sport: “[Steven] Bergwijn was amazing [Steven] Berghuis too. memphis [Depay] was excellent. frenkie [De Jong]… well, he always plays well in my eyes.’

Netherlands manager and former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal also praised de Jong, saying: “Frenkie always plays well for the national team. We try to play to his strengths.

Belgium v ​​Holland -UEFA Nations League

De Jong helped the Netherlands beat Belgium in the Nations League (Image: Getty)

“It’s always a win for the collective, but there are people who can excel collectively, which of course is great.

“There are always stars in certain games, but in this one, Frenkie de Jong and Steven Bergwijn, the way the two played was amazing.”

De Jong, meanwhile, said after his team’s win in Brussels: “Today was fantastic. Hopefully we can continue like this.

“I like to be the first player to get the ball from the defenders. I play a lot differently here than at Barcelona, ​​I think it suits me much better.”

Erik ten Hag is keen on bringing De Jong to Manchester United (Image: Getty)

De Jong has been a mainstay at Barcelona’s side since his £65m move from Ajax in 2019, making 47 appearances for the Spanish giants last season.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has backed his former club to sign De Jong, telling Premier League Productions: “I think he’s a really good player.

“I haven’t seen much of him at Barcelona, ​​I have to admit, but I’ve seen him with Holland and he’s that type of player who can come in and control the pace of games.

“Erik ten Hag needs support now, he was brought into the club to turn things around.”

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