New Barcelona signing Frenkie de Jong will take inspiration from famous predecessors such as the late Johan Cruyff as he looks to settle in to life at Camp Nou. De Jong, 22, became the latest in a long line of players to make the jump from Ajax to Barcelona as he completed a move that had been agreed earlier this year. On Friday the Netherlands international was presented at Camp Nou to fans and the media, and stepped on the famous pitch for the first time decked in a Blaugrana shirt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare As well as Cruyff, the likes of Johan Neeskens, Ronald Koeman, Frank and Ronald de Boer, Patrick Kluivert and Marc Overmars have represented the Spanish and Dutch giants – a legacy that De Jong is hoping to do justice.”We have always had a great connection due to Cruyff’s philosophy, Ajax and Barcelona want to play in a similar way and this is fantastic,” De Jong told reporters at his presentation. “This has always been a dream for me since I was small and when I saw it was happening for real it was an easy decisions for me.”De Jong greeted the Camp Nou faithful in Spanish, telling fans he was “very happy and proud to be here, I can’t wait to get started.”😍 We can get used to this⚽️ @DeJongFrenkie21🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/NBkow9EzTv— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 5 de julio de 2019And he went on to highlight the importance of Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu in pushing the deal through. “There were a lot of clubs interested in me and it is a normal process when making a decision, you think of all the options and which is best,” he added. “Barcelona convinced me with a great plan, the other clubs had good plans too but the decision was not easy because a lot of clubs were telling me things and there were moments where I was unclear. “But when the president came to Netherlands I was convinced, my arrival is down to him.”And while De Jong is still at the beginning of his career at the highest level, his part in Ajax’s demolition of Real Madrid in this year’s Champions League may have already endeared him to Barca supporters.”It was very nice, all the Barcelona guys congratulated me and even the president congratulated me… it was all very kind,” he revealed.
A DUBLIN FIRE Brigade ‘ladder unit’ is currently off the road for repairs after it was involved in a crash with a taxi in west Dublin.Gardaí are investigating the incident, which happened on the Con Colbert Road/South Circular Road junction close to Heuston Station at around 10.30pm on Monday night.It’s understood the Fire Brigade vehicle was hit on the right hand side.The taxi was badly damaged, and two passengers had to be cut out of the vehicle — however no-one was seriously hurt in the collision.The fire service vehicle — which is used to transport extra-high ladders for use when responding to incidents at taller buildings — was on its way to a call-out in Lucan at the time.It will be off the road for several weeks as repairs are carried out.As a result of the incident, there are now just two ladder units serving Dublin city and county; there are usually three such vehicles on call at any given time, with a fourth in reserve — however the engine that would normally serve as the standby vehicle is itself off the road with a mechanical fault.“This is indicative of the total lack of sufficient resilience in the fleet,” a Dublin Fire Brigade station officer told TheJournal.ie. “Management were warned years ago that the current vehicles were coming to the end of their life-cycles — but they’ve consistently failed to do anything about it.”The ladder engine will be out of service for up to a month as side panels are replaced and other repairs are carried out by an outside contractor.The location where the crash happened is a notorious black spot for emergency vehicles, the station officer said.“There are tall walls all around the area, with sirens bouncing off — so there’s a theory that the acoustics make it difficult for drivers to know where vehicles are coming from.”A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade said they were currently investigating the matter, but had further comment to make on the incident.Read: Dublin Fire Brigade vehicle was on 20-minute delay to respond to emergency callsRead: Fire Brigade ambulance breaks down with patient on board