Revealed: What Cristiano Ronaldo said to Man Utd transfer target Matthijs de Ligt

By Mirror: Monday, June 10th 2019 at 11:16 GMT +3 | Football
Ronaldo wants De Ligt to join him at Juventus [Courtesy]

Matthijs de Ligt spoke to Cristiano Ronaldo following Holland's defeat by Portugal in the Nations League final on Sunday.

And according to the 19-year-old centre-back, the Juventus forward was giving the highly-rated youngster some transfer advice.

De Ligt is being monitored by every big club in Europe with Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain among the favourites for his signature.

Juventus have also been linked with the defender, and it seems Ronaldo is doing his utmost to put his side in the driving seat this summer.

Speaking to Dutch publication NOS, De Ligt confirmed that Ronaldo had instructed him to join Juventus during their brief chat.

"That could well be true," said De Ligt. "What I answered? I didn't understand him at first. So I said… no, I didn't say anything."

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The Dutchman added: "I was a bit shocked, that's why I laughed. But I didn't say anything. Just after the game you just feel bad that you've lost, that’s all you're thinking about."

De Ligt appears certain to leave Ajax this summer but is still unsure of his destination.

"I will go on vacation now," the 19-year-old told TV Univision.

"I am going to think about what's best for me and then I will decide. I think it's important for a young player to play, that's the only thing I know."

De Ligt has been most regularly linked with a move to Barcelona, who his former Ajax team-mate Frenkie de Jong has signed for.

De Jong admits he'd like for De Ligt to join him in Spain, but wouldn't want to influence his decision at the same time.

"He has to make his own decisions," said De Jong. "Of course I would like him to come to Barcelona but we will see what happens. It's up to him.

"I don't know, it's his decision. You have to ask him about it but I hope he comes to Barca. Of course we talk about it [De Ligt signing for Barcelona].

"It's not up to me to say what he's going to do or his thoughts. I don't have an influence on his choice. He has to make it on his own and with his family."

 

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