De Ligt signs with Juventus

De Ligt signs with Juventus

De Light was a key part of the Ajax side that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2018/19, scoring the decisive goal in the 3-2 aggregate quarter-final win over Juventus.

De Ligt passed his medical yesterday and will join up with Cristiano Ronaldo, Aaron Ramsey and co. imminently. During the past few years the club has adopted a transfer strategy that involves big-money signings as well as picking up players on free transfers.

Matthijs de Ligt insists Cristiano Ronaldo did not influence his decision to join Juventus after sealing a £67.8m move from Ajax.

De Ligt came through Ajax's fabled youth academy before making 117 appearances for their first team.

"I also chose Juventus for (Maurizio) Sarri, I heard a lot of good things about his style of football, his preparation for games and how he makes his team defend".

A photo emerged during the week of De Ligt wearing a Juventus shirt as a child, and he admitted he grew up idolising Juventus defender Fabio Cannavaro, who captained Italy to World Cup success in 2006. For me it's very important to know how much you are going to play and how much trust the club has in me. I have a hard time believing there isn't anyone in the Raptors organization, or any of their fans, who wouldn't do that trade again even while knowing he would leave a year a later.

"I'm 19, I can still improve and I want to do that. I'll show what I'm capable of on the pitch", he added.

"I already had an idea which one it was but I always said to Mino (Raiola), 'I will decide after the Nations League".

Joao Felix is this summer's most expensive teenager with his huge move to Atletico Madrid but he's not the only other one on the list with Rodrygo Goes move to Real Madrid fifth on the list.

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