De Jong reflects on his ‘dream’ period at Milan and compares himself to current star

By Akhil Prasad -

Former midfielder Nigel De Jong has insisted that his phone is always on if AC Milan want to give him a call, reflecting on his time at the club.

De Jong joined Milan back in August 2013 signing a three-year deal, making his debut against Bologna. It is probably 4 May 2014 that he is most remembered for De Jong scored his second goal for Milan, the winning goal against Inter in the Derby della Madonnina at San Siro.

Milan announced De Jong had signed a contract extension in 2015 and he left in 2016. The Dutch midfielder enforcer Nigel de Jong has been plying his trade in Qatar with Al-Shahania since 2019.

In an exclusive interview with Gazzetta dello Sport (via, the former Rossoneri reflected on his days in the Red & Black shirt, where he spent four years. He stated he would be willing to return to Milan for free if an opportunity arises.

“Willingly & free. If Milan calls me, I’m there. The phone is always on,” said De Jong.

He picked out two Milan midfield players he relates himself most to: “I see myself in Kessie, he has leg and quality, I also see myself in Bennacer, he commands the game.”

He spent four seasons in Milan, going on to make almost 100 caps throughout his tenure. Speaking of which, he said: “For me it was a dream to play for Milan, as a Dutchman I always watched the AC Milan of Gullit, Rijkaard and Van Basten. It’s a pity we didn’t win trophies, but we had good times.”

Known as ‘the destroyer’, De Jong was a force to be reckoned with in the center of the field.

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