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Ronald Koeman is happy that FC Barcelona still managed to take over Sergiño Dest from Ajax this transfer period. The right back made his debut for the Catalans on Sunday in the league match against Sevilla (1-1).

Koeman is critical of Frenkie de Jong

“Dest is a young player who shows a lot of confidence, even though he has only been here for three days. That is very positive to see. We are very happy that he is here”, said Koeman. Brand at his press conference after the game.

Nineteen-year-old Dest, who was taken over from Ajax for over 21 million euros (excluding bonuses) last week, was allowed to appear fifteen minutes before time as a replacement for Jordi Alba. The American international thoroughly enjoyed his first minutes in the Barcelona shirt.

“It’s a great feeling to play in the stadium of your dreams,” said a beaming Dest. “I am very happy with my debut and the confidence that the coach has given me. Hopefully I will be able to play more games in the near future.”

Sergiño Dest came on the field fifteen minutes before the end for Jordi Alba. (Photo: Pro Shots)

From the bench, Dest saw a lively opening phase at Camp Nou, where Luuk de Jong opened the score after eight minutes. Philippe Coutinho made it 1-1 two minutes later. That was the end of it, so that after two victories in La Liga, Barcelona drew for the first time under the leadership of Koeman.

“We can still improve on every level. We mainly missed freshness after an intense week against Sevilla, but they also made it very difficult for us”, said the former national coach of Orange, who was critical of Frenkie de Jong.

“Frenkie lost too many balls that he would not normally lose. He knows that himself. That does not mean that he is out of shape, because against Villarreal and Celta de Vigo Frenkie was very good. Against Sevilla, he played a lot like many others. lesser game “, said Koeman.

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