Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong has revealed that he would like to continue wearing the number 21 when he moves to Barcelona next season, but he is uncertain as to whether he will accept Nike's request of playing with his forename on the back of his shirt.
The 21-year-old was one of the most in-demand prospects during the January transfer window, but eventually secured a £65m move plus add-ons to Camp Nou which allowed him remain with Ajax for the remainder of the 2018/19 season.
Speaking to Dutch outlet Het Kontake, de Jong revealed his desire to keep his current shirt number of 21, but he is yet to decide which name he will request on the back of his Barcelona shirt, despite Nike's preference that it should be 'Frenkie'.
"There is also thought about playing with Frenkie on the back. Nike prefers that from the point of view of merchandising. I'm not sure if I want to."
Currently, the number 21 shirt is vacant at Barcelona, with Andre Gomes having worn that shirt before his loan move to Everton last summer.
De Jong also admitted that moving to Barcelona has always been his 'dream', while suggesting he may never change clubs again if they move goes well.
He said: "
"Initially the interest went through my agent, who talks to the clubs. When it became more serious, I came in. Paris Saint-Germain was a good option, but Barcelona has always been a dream, and I'm happy with my five-year contract.
"If I succeed, then the chances are that I will never leave, just like [Lionel] Messi."