“Barcelona was my dream club," said Dest, "I always wanted to play for the club and I was given the opportunity to join.
“Bayern was also an option and it wasn’t an easy choice. They’re both good teams, but I followed my heart to Barcelona.
“It’s the right place for me.”
Dest has emerged as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise underwhelming season for the Blaugrana, remaining a fixture in the team since making his debut in a 1-1 draw against Sevilla.
Working under fellow Dutchman and Ajax alum, Ronald Koeman, has helped with the assimilation process.
“I can just talk with [the coach]. He gives me tips and advice.
"He’s able to clearly explain things to me in my native tongue, he’s really helped me a lot.”
And sharing a locker room with the likes of Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba has helped Dest raise his game.
“I want to work on my stats and develop. I want to be a great right-back at Barcelona.
“When I was playing in the Ajax youth academy I was always watching Barcelona on TV and now I get to call [these players] teammates.”
“Messi is the best player in the world, he’s world-class.
“I already knew how good he was, but to see it with your own eyes is always better.