The level-headed teenager has even suggested he could stay at Ajax (Picture: Getty)Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt says he will pick his next club based on what is best for his career – not his bank account – as he weighs up offers from Barcelona and Manchester United.
The 19-year-old confirmed he would make a decision over his future after the UEFA Nations League at the start of June, with United believed to have made a late play for the teenager.
He had been expected to follow teammate Frenkie de Jong to Camp Nou, but United’s rumoured £350,000-a-week contract would make him the highest paid teenager in world football.
De Ligt gave a number of interviews with Dutch media on Sunday (Picture: NOS)However, De Ligt says the most important thing is finding the right club – not the biggest offer – and insists he still hasn’t decided his future, or even if he will leave Ajax at all.
‘I look at what’s the best for my career and what’s the best place to develop,’ De Ligt told NOS when asked if he has a preference over his next move.
‘As long as I have a contract at Ajax, there’s definitely a chance I will stay.
‘I don’t really have a dream club beside Ajax. It was always my dream to play for Ajax and I succeeded.’
He continued: ‘A lot is being written and said. That has been true for the whole year. It doesn’t make me crazy, so I have no problem there’s being so much written.
De Ligt has hinted he might not necessarily follow teammate De Jong to Barca (Picture: Getty)‘Frenkie de Jong already made his decision and I haven’t, that’s the way it is.
‘You look at what’s the best for you, you need to make your own decision. Several clubs are interested, that’s right.’
United will hope the prospect of a guaranteed starting berth will be attractive to De Ligt, who would not be as assured of his place in a Barca team that already boasts centre-backs Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti.
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