De Ligt reveals why he didn't join De Jong at Barca
- Matthijs has recently signed for Juve.
- The 19-year-old had been linked with Barca and PSG before.
- De Ligt confirms that he discussed his future with De Jong, who joined Barca.
- In the end, the centre-back decided that their individual career paths shouldn't depend on one another's.
After joining Juventus last week, Matthijs De Ligt has given an exclusive interview to Voetbal International where he addressed the earlier reports linking him with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain and explained why he ended up joining the Serie A team:
"A lot of people advised me to do that (sign for Barca) but I told them I had to analyse everything and see which option was best for me," the 19-year-old told VI (h/t Diario Sport).
The centre-back could have joined his former teammate at Ajax and a good friend Frenkie de Jong at the Camp Nou but decided otherwise:
"Frenkie (de Jong) and I spoke a lot about what we were going to do. We were honest with each other. It would have been great if we had continued playing together but our careers shouldn't be dependent on the decision of the other.
"We both have our own career paths. I looked at all the pros and cons and marked down some things. In the end, you have to feel right about the club which convinces you the most. That's why I came to Juventus," he explained.
De Ligt has signed a five-year deal with Juventus. The total transfer fee of this deal is said to be 75 million euros plus a further €10,5million in add-ons, just as Ajax wanted. Previously, Juventus wanted to lower the price despite having agreed on the personal terms with the player.
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