Why De Ligt’s latest statement sent a shiver up in Barcelona’s spine

Barcelona, Manchester United and PSG will have to wait a bit longer for sensational Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt to make his decision about the club to which he will be playing for next season. However, his latest statement seems to have hit Barcelona with surprise as the young defender mentions a crucial factor he will be considering before signing.

De Ligt has been a target for many clubs this summer after producing a spectacular performance in both their domestic league and the Champions League.

The 19-year-old led Ajax to successfully lift their domestic double; the Eredivisie and the KNVB Cup. He also helped his team to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League falling into the hands of aggressive Tottenham Hotspur.

It can also be remembered that De Ligt also made a statement expressing his desire to play for Barcelona alongside his friend Frenkie de Jong who had already been signed by Barca back in January.

But De Ligt has remained hesitant since then drawing speculations that recently stated that the Dutchman is worried about the presence of Gerard Pique at Nou Camp, who plays the same position as his.

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While his Dutch fans have encouraged him to sign for Barcelona, De Ligt is yet to make a decision as football legend Ronald Koeman advised him to choose a club that will give him a chance to keep playing.

“What I told all the young players maybe thinking about making a step, the most important thing is to keep playing, keep getting minutes to develop your football.

“That’s the most important thing. How the club is playing is also a reason to make a choice. ‘He, his family, his agent and those around the player will make the best decision for the player.”

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But it seems De Ligt took Koeman’s advice to heart and uses it as his means of choosing the right club for him.

During his interview on Sunday after their Nations League final match against Portugal, the Dutch said that he will be making his decision after a vacation that he is going for.

But one thing that the Dutchman has insisted on is that he needs a club that will give him enough time to play and grow.

“I’m going on vacation now. I will think about what is best for me and then I will decide. I think it’s important that a young player plays, that’s the only thing I know, “said De Ligt.

This statement from De Ligt sends a strong message to Barcelona and the Blaugrana seems to be left shivering for that. Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain could, therefore, be the teams to secure his signature unless he changes his decision.




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