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Matthijs de Ligt: Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target admits he could leave Ajax for Serie A champions Juventus


Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt admits he could join Juventus when the summer transfer window opens.

The Serie A champions, as well as Arsenal, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs are all admirers of the 19-year-old Netherlands international.

Matthijs de Ligt regularly captains Ajax

He was a vital part of the Ajax side that knocked Real Madrid out of the Champions League earlier this month to set up a last-eight tie with Juventus.

And ahead of the titanic tie, he dropped a big hint about his next move when praising his opponents.

“I really like [Giorgio] Chiellini, he is very strong, one of the best ever defenders,” he said.

“I also appreciate [Leonardo]  Bonucci, they are two of the best centre-backs in Europe. For a young man like me, they are both two models to be inspired by.

“Me at Juve? It could be, but there are also other interested clubs. We’ll see at the right time.

Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini are regarded as two of the world’s best defenders

“Now, I’m focused on Ajax and my agent Mino Raiola will take care of it.”

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov suggested De Ligt’s international team-mate and Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk could help him move to Old Trafford.

He said: “One player I would love to see at Old Trafford is Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, although I know every big club in Europe is after him.


“I watched him play against Real Madrid and he looks the real deal – so confident and assured for a player of his age.

“Having his international team-mate Virgil Van Dijk already in the Premier League could be a boost for any English team chasing De Ligt.

“The Liverpool man will be telling him how good the league is and that can make a real difference to where you choose to go.”

 

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