Frenkie De Jong: Premier League higher in intensity than La Liga

Frenkie de Jong compared La Liga to the Premier League, having been linked to Manchester City prior to his Barcelona transfer.

Frenkie de Jong has scored one goal and supplied two assists in 18 La Liga appearances for leader Barcelona this season.   -  Getty Images

Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong believes the Premier League is at a higher level than La Liga.

De Jong is enjoying a fine start to life in La Liga after swapping Eredivisie titleholder Ajax for Spanish champion Barca in the off-season.

The 22-year-old was linked to Premier League champion Manchester City prior to his €75million transfer to Barca.

Happy at Camp Nou, Barca and Netherlands midfielder De Jong compared the Premier League and La Liga.

"I used to think that La Liga was the strongest football league in the world," De Jong told The Mirror. "You could see their dominance in European Cup competitions.

"The Spanish clubs always progressed a long way and often grabbed the main trophies, the Champions League and Europa League.

 

"But the Premier League has gained power over the last few years.

"When it comes to pure skills, La Liga is better. But because of the sheer intensity, the English competition is at a slightly higher level."

De Jong has scored one goal and supplied two assists in 18 La Liga appearances for leader Barca this season.

Barca is two points clear of bitter rival Real Madrid heading into the New Year – Ernesto Valverde's side back in action away to Espanyol on January 4.

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