Needed to affix Juventus even earlier than Ronaldo chat, says De Ligt

Needed to affix Juventus even earlier than Ronaldo chat, says De Ligt

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt had made up his thoughts to affix the Serie A champions even earlier than Cristiano Ronaldo requested him a couple of potential transfer to Italy, {the teenager} mentioned on Friday.

Juventus introduced the signing of the 19-year-old on Thursday, touchdown some of the sought-after younger gamers in world soccer from Ajax Amsterdam for 75 million euros (67 million kilos).

The Netherlands worldwide mentioned final month that he had been requested by Portugal’s Ronaldo following the Nations League ultimate about linking up in Turin.

“After the ultimate I used to be already positive I wished to affix Juve … it was an enormous praise to have Ronaldo ask me to affix … nevertheless it didn’t make the distinction,” De Ligt advised reporters in his first information convention as a Juve participant.

“I spoke to (supervisor) Maurizio Sarri simply to get to know one another. He was one of many causes I wished to affix right here, I’ve heard plenty of good issues about him and I like his footballing philosophy and the way he prepares his defence.”

De Ligt, who captained his former membership of their thrilling run to the Champions League semi-finals final season, mentioned he didn’t really feel any extra stress after turning into some of the costly defenders on the planet.

“Stress is regular in soccer. For me it’s not an issue. I’ll present what I’m able to on the pitch,” he added.

“I’m 19, I can nonetheless enhance and I wish to do this. It’s necessary to work arduous on daily basis and to be taught and I hope to change into a greater participant.”

“Juventus is a good ahead step for me. In Holland there’s plenty of constructing from the again and defending excessive up the pitch. Italy is extra about zonal marking and defending collectively, I believe that Juve might help me and I might help them.”



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