Barcelona star Sergino Dest admits he misses Holland’s CHEESE after leaving Ajax for the Nou Camp last summer… as he opens up on the difficulties of moving to Spain during the pandemic
- Sergino Dest left Ajax to join Barcelona for an initial £19million last summer
- Full back has not been able to enjoy the city because of the Covid pandemic
- Dest says he misses Holland sometimes, particularly his favourite spicy cheese
- USA star is confident Barca have a ‘good chance’ of winning the LaLiga title
The USA star made a £19million move to the Spanish giants last October and has since gone about establishing himself as Ronald Koeman’s first choice right back.
But Dest, who was born in Holland and spent his entire life there before leaving for Barca, has not had the most straightforward of seasons, having had to settle in Spain in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
Barcelona full back Sergino Dest has opened up on his decision to leave Ajax last summer
The 20-year-old is looking forward to enjoying everything Barcelona has to offer when the city reopens properly, even if he is missing Amsterdam.
Asked about his decision to leave Holland behind and join Barca, Dest, who is the new face of Nike Underwear, said: ‘Yes. It was not easy, of course. I miss Holland sometimes. But Barcelona is also a great city. So, I feel good over here.
‘There are still a lot of things for me to see here in Barcelona, of course, because of the whole Covid situation. But even then I still really like it here.
‘I’ve heard from people that once this whole situation is over, or begins to return to normal again, then Barcelona is a completely different city.
‘So, for me right now, I’m just focusing on training. Then maybe for the rest of the day, I may go to the supermarket or go to eat something.
‘So, it hasn’t been too difficult to adjust here in Barcelona because it is just part of the same lifestyle.’
Dest, pictured in Amsterdam, admits he still misses Holland after leaving for Spain last year
There is one thing, however, which isn’t quite the same for Dest.
‘The thing I miss the most about Holland is the cheese. Not Edam!,’ he told Nike after following in the footsteps of Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford by modelling their new spring underwear.
‘I eat different types of cheese. The one I like is a little bit spicy and salty, which I also like. In other countries their cheese just tastes a bit different.
‘It’s not the same for me like it is back at home. So, sometimes if my family visits here they will bring it for me. And yes, that is good.’
Despite missing one of his favourite foods, Dest is confident that his decision to join Barcelona was the right one – and that…