De Ligt insists that money hasn't played any role in his decision to join Juve
- Matthijs has recently signed for Juve.
- The 19-year-old had been linked with Barca and Paris Sain-Germain before.
- De Ligt laughs off the claim that he turned down PSG's offer because Mbappe's salary would have been higher than his.
- The centre-back insists that money has played no role in his decision.
- The special role of defenders in Italian football was decisive for his to choose Juve.
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 refuted the claim that he turned down the Parisians' offer because Kylian Mbappe's salary would have been higher than his.
"How ridiculous (is the rumour about Mbappe). Money didn't play a part in my decision," the 19-year-old said.
"Everyone who knows me, knows the truth. Mino (Raiola) is my agent and he took charge of the commercial side. But that only happens once I've made a sporting decision. Money was never the priority."
The former Ajax captain insists that the reason for his choice was the way in which the art of defending is specifically appreciated in Italy:
"When you think about Italy, you think about defenders. Italy has produced some fantastic players but straight away you think of defenders like Fabio Cannavaro, Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi or Alessandro Nesta. Defending is art here. I'm happy to continue my development at a club like this one. I even have a Juventus shirt from when I was seven years old."
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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