Dutch football great Ruud Gullit has spoken of his admiration for AFC Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, and says the youngster is “a little bit” like the legendary Zinedine Zidane.
The 21-year-old has been a key player for an Ajax team which reached the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League and is on course to secure an Eredivisie and KNVB Beker (FA Cup) double in the Netherlands.
He has already been signed for a huge fee by Spanish champions Barcelona and will join his new club from the start of the 2019/20 season.
“Frenkie de Jong is a free soul. He takes everything to the limit. He challenges you as an opponent,” Gullit is quoted by Goal.
”He makes it easy also for the rest of the team to take positions because he doesn’t lose the ball very much and also wants the ball.
“So therefore he’s a player like, if you want to compare, a little bit Zidane. Wants the ball as well, glides past players and things like that.
”I like the way he plays, he’s very young also. In only two years with Ajax, he has developed himself in unbelievable fashion. Him playing at Barcelona will be nice.”
You can see de Jong in Eredivisie action later this afternoon when Ajax take on Utrecth in Amsterdam. The match will be live on Fox Sports 1 from 14h20 CAT.