Cristiano Ronaldo told Matthijs de Ligt to consider a move to JuventusMatthijs de Ligt has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo cheekily told him to join Juventus following the Netherlands’ 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the Nations League final.
The 19-year-old defender, who captained Ajax to their first domestic double in 17 years, is one of the most sought-after players in Europe, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Barcelona battling it out for his signature this summer.
Juventus have also been heavily linked with De Ligt and his chat with Ronaldo in the aftermath of Portugal’s win on Sunday night immediately got tongues wagging.
The pair shared a brief joke before Ronaldo gave De Ligt a playful pat on the head and the youngster has lifted the lid on what was said during their conversation.
Asked whether Ronaldo had urged him to join Juventus, De Ligt told Dutch publication NOS: ‘That could well be true.
‘What I answered? I didn’t understand him at first. So I said… no, I didn’t say anything.’
Cristiano Ronaldo asking Matthijs de Ligt to join Juventus. Nothing more needs to be said. pic.twitter.com/14HrzXfinm
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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.’
De Ligt was on the losing side in the Nations League finalDe Ligt, who has reportedly been offered £350,000-a-week wages to join United, claimed that he will come to a decision on his future after a short break.
‘I will go on vacation now,’ he told TV Univision following the Netherlands’ defeat.
‘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 Jong hopes De Ligt follows him from Ajax to Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Frenkie de Jong hopes De Ligt rejects the likes of Juventus and United to join him at Barcelona this summer.
‘He has to make his own decisions,’ De Jong said.
‘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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