De Ligt explains why he chose Juventus and not Barcelona

The new Juve defender spoke to Ajax TV about his difficult decision

De Ligt saludó a Raiola antes del reconocimiento médico | @juventusfces

Matthijs de Ligt is now a Juventus player after turning down offers from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. He has spoken about his decision.

"I love the way the Italians defend and I made a decision based on that. Many of my models and past references are Italian: Baresi, Maldini, Nesta, Cannavaro, Scirea... And I could go on," he told Ajax TV. 

Asked about his decision, the Dutchman confirmed that "it was a difficult decision. I had several options and you always have to see which one is the best.

"There are a lot of factors involved. It's important to know how much I'll play and how much the club trusts me, that's why I picked Juventus because they told me they really wanted me".  

De Ligt, 19, added that it was emotional to leave Ajax, a club where he has spent 10 years progressing from the youth academy to the first team. "I will miss everyone in Amsterdam," he added, "but I had to take a step forward." 


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