Matthijs de Ligt has revealed that he will consider a move to Barcelona as he’s not ‘frightened’ by the competition he will come up against for a place in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI.
The 19-year-old defender is one of the most sought-after players in Europe after captainingAjaxto their first domestic double in 17 years.
Manchester United,Juventusand Paris-Saint Germain have all made advances for De Ligt in recent weeks and Barcelona – who recently signed his team-mate Frenkie De Jong – have made no secret of their interest in the Dutchman.
Though De Ligt claimed that he would make a decision on his future after a short vacationin the wake of the Nations League final, he has now hinted that he could be keen on a move to Barca.
‘Money is not the problem,’ the towering central defender told Spanish publicationMundo Deportivo.
‘The most important thing is knowing in the team where you go [that] you will have prominence and play many games.
‘Barcelona have great defenders and it is logical and normal that there is competition, but it is not something that frightens me.’
De Ligt has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo approached him over joining Juventus following Portugal’s Nations League triumph.
Asked whether Ronaldo had urged him to consider Juve, De Ligt toldNOS: ‘That could well be true.
‘What I answered? I didn’t understand him at first. So I said… no, I didn’t say anything.’
When pressed, De Ligt admitted that Ronaldo had asked him to join Juventus, stating: ‘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.’