Ronald de Boer: Cillessen Can Fight For Barcelona No. 1

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Ronald De Boer believes Jasper Cillessen has what it takes to challenge Ter Stegen for the No. 1 position at the club.

Claudio Bravo could be on his way out of Barcelona to City. And the Dutchman will be brought in to provide competition for Ter Stegen.

Former Ajax and Barcelona midfielder De Boer, now working as assistant manager for the Dutch club’s reserve side, told AS: “Cillessen is not a newcomer. He has been playing for some time at the top level and I’m certain he will battle hard with ter Stegen to play.”

Ronald’s twin brother Frank de Boer, now at Inter Milan, started Cillessen in 33 Eredivisie games at Ajax last season.

“My brother would say that he [Cillessen] is quiet, very hard working and doesn’t generate problems,” De Boer said. “He thought he was the whole package and that he can be a goalkeeper for many years.

“I’m convinced my brother thinks that Barca are doing the right thing by signing him.”

Cillessen arrived to the Dutch giants five years ago and is under contract with Ajax for another two seasons, but De Boer says Barca’s offer has come at the right time.

“He will learn a lot at Barcelona and will be able to continue to develop,” he said. “At 27, he is at an age where goalkeepers must showcase all that they have learned up to now.

“I like the way he reacts on the pitch. He is solid and convincing. He is good with his feet, something which is complicated.”

Cillessen is expected to start in Ajax’s Champions League qualifier against FC Rostov on Wednesday.



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