Xavi explains why it's normal for De Jong to struggle at Barca

Xavi explains why it's normal for De Jong to struggle at Barca

Even for him and Andres Iniesta, it was quite difficult to adapt to Barca, Xavi says.

It's also about adjusting to a new culture.

Anyway, De Jong's class is undeniable; he's brave on the pitch, Xavi adds.

"The best players in the world play for Barcelona and you need time to adapt and adjust to a new culture. It was difficult for me and Iniesta too when we were young; it's difficult to make a difference at a big club when you're young," Xavi has told Diario Sport when asked about Frenkie de Jong's Barca spell.

"He seems to be an extraordinary player. He's not afraid to receive the ball in areas where it is difficult to turn. He's very good," Xavi added.

One of the reasons why De Jong hasn't yet shown the best version of himself might have to do with the fact that he's been used in various positions.

Although he prefers playing as a defensive midfielder, his coaches have had him play as a central midfielder, left midfielder and even at centre-back a few times.

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