He admits the Abu Dhabi-backed sky blue revolution must target the Premier League title THIS season.
De Jong explained to the Sunday Mirror: "What makes it really hard for us, is that every team we play, sees us as the big favourite for the title. We are now a hot item in England only because our club have spent such a lot of money on new players. I am not saying they hate us in every stadium, but I do feel there is a tremendous amount of jealousy.
"I really think we must compete with Chelsea and Manchester United this season. Two years ago a new owner arrived here. Last year we laid the foundation, this year we have to fire from all cylinders. We must go and win trophies.
"We can't expect it to be a smooth ride. United and Chelsea are established teams. Their players know exactly what it takes to win the league.''