After several months of rumors and speculations, Matthijs de Ligt has finally landed in Turin to join Italian giants Juventus. Now, as part of the Bianconeri, the Dutch wonderkid has stated money was never a problem for him and that he didn’t pick the Serie A side because of it.
Recent reports suggested the former Ajax star moved to the Italian outfit due to the financial incentives that were promised, but he made sure to shut down those rumors, assuring his decision to move to Italy was not motivated by money.
Speaking to VI, De Ligt said: “Money played no role at all in my choice for a new club, everyone who knows me, knows that.
“Money has never been ‘leading’. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I will respect that, but some people were saying things like that very easily.”
English giants Manchester United were also offered the chance to sign the teenager back in 2018, but they stroke out because of concerns he would put on weight, a story that Matthijs admitted left him confused.
“Every day there was something new. Suddenly, even my father was too fat and that’s why one of the clubs [United] didn’t want me. That makes you go: ‘come on man’,” he added.
Besides Juventus, he was linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, but the Old Lady won the race for his signature at the end. He made his anticipated Juve debut on Sunday in his team’s loss 3-2 against Tottenham in the International Champions Cup.