De Boer backs Cillessen to shine at Barca

Former Ajax Amsterdam and Barcelona midfielder Ronald De Boer feels Jasper Cillessen has the ability to become Barcelona's number one goalkeeper.

Cillessen looks set to complete a move to the Camp Nou on Friday, replacing Manchester City-bound Claudio Bravo at the club, and De Boer feels the Netherlands international will be able to compete with Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

"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," he told AS.

Ronald's brother, Frank De Boer, managed the 27-year-old during his successful reign at the Amsterdam Arena, and his opinion on the shot-stopper's character could prove helpful in the family-based set-up at the Spanish giants.

"My brother would say that he 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. He will learn a lot at Barcelona and will be able to continue to develop.

"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."

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