The Matthijs de Ligt saga is finally over, as the 19-year-old center-back signed a multi-year deal with Italian giants Juventus, completing a €75 million move from his hometown side Ajax.
De Ligt was aggressively pursuit by FC Barcelona, Bayern Munchen, and Manchester City, among others, but he eventually decided joining Juventus would be the best move for him going forward.
However, he was quick to dismiss the rumors that claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo was the only reason why he decided to join Maurizio Sarri’s team, even though he admitted there was contact between the two.
“After the Nations League final I was already sure that I wanted to join Juventus, but it was still a big compliment to have Cristiano ask me to join here but it didn’t make the difference. I came here because Italy is one of the most traditional countries for defenders. Juventus is a great forwards step for me. I spoke to (Maurizio) Sarri on the phone before coming just to get to know each other.
He was one of the reasons that I wanted to join here, I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and I like his footballing philosophy and how he prepares his defense.nThe photo of me in a Juventus shirt was taken when I was about six or seven, at that time Fabio Cannavaro was a defender that I admired. I always had a good feeling about Juventus and I’ve always been a fan,” de Ligt told the media during his presentation at Juventus.
La Vecchia Signora is poised to have a breakout season in Europe, and rumors claim they’re even trying to make a run at Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar jr as well.
The Bianconeri have dominated the Serie A for almost a decade but haven’t been able to replicate their success abroad, and de Ligt’s arrival is a step forward for them and their pursuit for continental glory.