​Frenkie de Jong has backed Barcelona to improve after their somewhat underwhelming start to the season, while he has no regrets over his summer move to Catalonia. 

Despite sitting top of La Liga, Barça have already lost three games domestically, while Ernesto Valverde's side have also slumped to disappointing draws to Dortmund and Slavia Prague in the Champions League. 

This has left them just one point clear at the top of Group F with both ​Inter and ​Borussia Dortmund breathing down their necks. 


Speaking before his side's vital return fixture against Dortmund, de Jong revealed that he remains confident that the best is yet to come for ​Barcelona this campaign.

"Obviously we can play better because we have a fantastic team. Of course we can improve, but we are winning and first of the group. We are the best of the most difficult group," the Dutchman stated, as quoted by ​Mundo Deportivo. 

"We know how we can improve. We can improve but we are not playing as badly as everyone thinks. I think tomorrow we will play very well."

Frenkie De Jong

De Jong joined the club from Ajax in the summer for a fee of around €86m and the midfielder has been an ever-present member of the first team this season - making 12 appearances

Because of this, it was no surprise that De Jong revealed how much he was enjoying his new surroundings in the same pre-match press conference. 

"I'm not regretting [signing for Barcelona]. I am very happy to be able to play here because it is everything I have always dreamed of. You have to work very hard during the week and we hope that tomorrow we can see that we are improving."

Lionel Messi

De Jong also took the time to give his verdict on the upcoming Ballon d'Or awards, with the Dutchman backing ​Lionel Messi to scoop the trophy over his compatriot, Virgil van Dijk. 

"Messi is the best in the world and should win it. Van Dijk has also had an incredible season, he is one of the best, but Messi must win it, he is the best, without a doubt," he claimed. 

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