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Matthijs de Ligt
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2019 05 26 Retrieve

[Ajax sensation Matthijs de Ligt admitted he still does not know what the future holds for him] Where do I see myself? Well obviously the Premier League is a big competition, Spain also, but you have other competitions, it’s not just about those two. I still don’t know anything about where my future is, so I’ll see how it goes. First we have to play two games and after that I will see what happens next. Of course there is some interest from clubs, but I don’t want to say some names who are interested, but what I will say is I am now focused on the national team and after the national team I will see what the future brings

2019 05 27 Retrieve

[Matthijs de Ligt admits several clubs are interested in luring him away from Ajax] I don’t know yet. 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. Frenkie de Jong [who is joining Barcelona] 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.

I don’t really have a dream club beside Ajax. It was always my dream to play for Ajax and I succeeded. I look at what’s the best for my career and what’s the best place to develop. If it’s best to start the preparation for a new season at Ajax or another club. As long as I have a contract at Ajax, there’s definitely a chance I will stay

2019 06 03 Retrieve

[Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has hinted he is close to making a final decision regarding his future, with Manchester United and Barcelona keeping a close eye on his situation] I am very excited about what could happen in the near future. I am also trying to stay calm, though. I view this as a challenge – that is the most important thing. There are several options and I really want to pick the best one. Logically, one option is better than another. Life abroad could be difficult, but I am still an ordinary Dutch guy – I am no different to the others. Perhaps living abroad will be more intense for me.

2019 06 05 Retrieve

[When asked for his toughest opponent] That has to be Marcus Rashford, from Manchester United. Great player, quick, technical skills.

2019 06 10 Retrieve

[Asked if Christiano Ronaldo had questioned if he would be his team-mate at Juventus] That could be true, yes. I didn’t understand him at first. I was a little shocked, so I laughed, but I didn’t say anything. Shortly after the game you are not at all concerned with it, you are disappointed you have lost and that is the only thing you are thinking about.

2019 06 10b Retrieve

[De Ligt replied when asked what colour shirt he might be wearing next season] I don’t know. Now I am going on vacation and I just take a rest, relax and then I will see. When you rest, you have enough time to think so that’s good.

[The Netherlands were beaten 1-0 courtesy of a Goncalo Guedes goal, bringing a disappointing end to De Ligt’s season] I think in the beginning we didn’t expect to reach the final but we did, and if it is a final you want to win it. I am not happy that we lost but proud that we came here

2019 06 11 Retrieve

[Matthijs de Ligt insists he is yet to decide which club he will join in the coming months] I still do not know what my heart says, I have been concentrated all the time on Ajax and the national team. Now, on my holidays, I will be able to think about it and decide what I am going to do with my future. For me, the most important thing is to know that in the team where I go I can have prominence and play many games. I do not know when I’ll have it resolved, but I’m going to take my time.

[Discussing the pitches from Cristiano Ronaldo and Frenkie de Jong] Of course it would be nice [to be reunited with De Jong], but I must also look at what is best for me. I do not pay attention to anyone, I have to choose my own path

[Responding to suggestions Barca might not be able to match financial deals elsewhere] Money is not the problem. Maybe it’s not the time yet. It’s something I have to think about and decide during my holidays - nothing more

[Moving to Camp Nou would see De Ligt join a squad that already includes the likes of Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet] Of course Barca has great defenders, but the competition is not something that scares me. It is logical and normal that in a great club such as Barca there is competition

[Pressed on why he is yet to make a decision if competition is no issue in Catalunya] Because maybe it’s not the right time yet, it’s something I have to think about and decide during my vacations, nothing more.

2019 06 13 Retrieve

[De Ligt is set to leave Ajax in the close season after an impressive campaign during which he helped the Dutch giants win the Eredivisie and reach the Champions League semi-finals] I still do not know what my heart says, I have been concentrated all the time on Ajax and the national team. Now, on my holidays, I will be able to think about it and decide what I am going to do with my future. For me, the most important thing is to know that in the team where I go I can have prominence and play many games. I do not know when I’ll have it resolved, but I’m going to take my time.

: 2019 06 22 Juventus are increasingly confident that they can win the race to sign Matthijs de Ligt and are preparing to bid around €70 million to land the Ajax star

: 2019 06 26 Juventus are closing on a €70 million transfer for Ajax captain Matthijs De Ligt, with a deal possible in the coming hours

2019 06 27 Retrieve

[Matthijs de Ligt dreamed of being Cristiano Ronaldo when playing football as a child and now looks set to become the Portuguese’s team-mate at Juventus] It all went quickly, I realise that sometimes. During the season, at the club and during competitions, you don’t really have the time to review everything as a player. But sometimes there are times when I realise that it is not normal. Like recently, when I had dinner with some childhood friends. We came to the conclusion that I always wanted to be Cristiano Ronaldo when we were playing football in the garden. That was especially in his time when he played at Manchester United. My first football shirt also belonged to him from that time. That dinner was just after the meetings with Juventus, in which I had to fight duels with the same Ronaldo.

: 2019 06 29 Paris Saint-Germain have made contact with the representatives of Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci as they face up to the likelihood of missing out on Matthijs de Ligt.

2019 07 08 Retrieve

[Matthijs de Ligt’s agent, Mino Raiola, confirmed on Sunday that a deal has been made with Juventus] Agreements have been made with Matthijs and it is up to Ajax how they deal with this

: 2019 07 08b Leonardo has confirmed the club will not pursue a deal for Matthijs de Ligt, believing it is too expensive despite the Ajax star being a great player

2019 07 13 Retrieve

[Matthijs de Ligt has been left out of Ajax’s squad for their pre-season tour of Austria as a move to Juventus appears to have moved a step closer] Awaiting a possible transfer, Matthijs de Ligt does not travel with the group

2019 07 15 Retrieve

[At the end of his country’s Nations League victory over Netherlands, Cristiano Ronaldo deliberately sought out Oranje defender Matthijs de Ligt - not for a customary post-match handshake or to offer some words of consolation, but to implore him to join him in Turin] I didn’t understand him at first. I was a little shocked, so I laughed, but I didn’t say anything. Shortly after the game you are not at all concerned with it, you are disappointed you have lost and that is the only thing you are thinking about

I always wanted to be Cristiano Ronaldo when [my friends and I] were playing football in the garden. That was especially in his time when he played at Manchester United. My first football shirt also belonged to him from that time

2019 07 16 Retrieve

[Matthijs de Ligt has arrived in Turin to put the finishing touches on his move to Juventus] Hello, Bianconeri, this is Matthijs. I’m really happy to be here

: 2019 07 18 Juventus have completed the €75 million signing of centre-back Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax FC on a five-year contract

2019 07 18b Retrieve

[Matthijs de Ligt has revealed that a fascination with Italian football contributed to him opting for a €75 million move to Juventus over a switch to England or Spain] I have been fascinated by the Italian way of defending from an early age. Many of my idols from the past are also Italians. Such as Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Nesta, Fabio Cannavaro and Gaetano Scirea. When you talk about defenders, then you soon talk about those names. I actually fell in love with the Italian way of defending and I made a choice based on that

[He admits that the decision to leave his homeland has not been an easy one] It was a difficult choice. There were several options, but you always have to look what’s the best for you. Various factors play a role. For me it’s very important to know how much you are going to play and how much trust the club has in me. They also mentioned that they really wanted me. They saw a future for me and the they could improve me in certain areas

: 2019 07 19 Matthijs de Ligt will be taking the No. 4 shirt at Juventus.

2019 07 19b Retrieve

[Matthijs de Ligt insists his €75 million move to Juventus was driven by personal ambition, with Cristiano Ronaldo having no influence on his decision to head for Italy] After the Nations League final I was already sure that I wanted to join Juventus, but it was still a big compliment to have Cristiano ask me to join here but it didn’t make the difference. I came here because Italy is one of the most traditional countries for defenders. Juventus is a great forwards step for me. I spoke to [Maurizio] Sarri on the phone before coming just to get to know each other. He was one of the reasons that I wanted to join here, I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and I like his footballing philosophy and how he prepares his defence. The photo of me in a Juventus shirt was taken when I was about six or seven, at that time Fabio Cannavaro was a defender that I admired. I always had a good feeling about Juventus and I’ve always been a fan.

[He said of his ambition] There are four competitions and we want to win them all. This is the mentality of Juventus. It’s a big step, my first outside of my home country. I was really honoured with how the Juventus fans welcomed me and I hope that I can give a lot back. I’m still young but I feel like I’ve got a lot of experience for a 19-year-old, that’s why I made this move to gain more experience and to learn from the players here. I’m 19, I can still improve and I want to do that. It’s important to work hard every day and to learn and I hope to become a better player

[De Ligt will be taking the No. 4 shirt at Juventus and is determined to prove himself worthy of it] The number four for me has always been special, I wore it since the youth teams of Ajax. It has an important legacy here too at Juventus, so I hope to live up to this number

2019 07 20 Retrieve

[Juventus new boy Matthijs de Ligt has laughed off claims that he chose to move to Turin for the money] I tried to shut myself off [from speculation] as much as possible but you always get something with it. The most insane message I read was that I wouldn’t go to PSG because I wanted to earn more money than Mbappe. What nonsense. [Money] played no role for me. Everyone who knows me knows that too. Mino is my agent, he deals with the business side of things, but that came only after my my sporting choice was made. Money has never been leading

Don’t worry, [pressure is] always there at clubs like this. And a transfer fee is just a given. At such large clubs as Juventus those price tags do not play a role. Of course, it is nice to come in after the season with Ajax, including the match here in Turin. But that is in the past and will no longer count when I stand here on the field. Juventus has many good defenders, we will all have to work

2019 07 21 Retrieve

[New Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has refuted claims that money played a big part in his high-profile move to Italy this month] Money played no role at all in my choice for a new club. Everyone who knows me, knows that. Money has never been ‘leading’. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I will respect that, but some people were saying things like that very easily. Every day there was something new. Suddenly, even my father was too fat and that’s why one of the clubs [Manchester United] didn’t want me. That makes you go: ‘come on man’.

[He was also quick to defend the part played by his agent Mino Raiola, who was instrumental in constructing his eventual move to the Italian champions] He has a lot of experience. I think there may be a certain negative image of him in Holland, but I certainly don’t experience it that way. I think if you ask all of his players if Mino does a good job for them, everyone would say yes. That’s the most important thing. It’s not about what other people say about him, it’s about what he can do for me

: 2019 07 31 Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are among the 10 players nominated for FIFA’s The Best Men’s Player award. The shortlist, which takes into accounts achievements from July 16, 2018 to July 19, 2019, was compiled by a panel of experts and also comprises of former Ajax duo Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, Liverpool double act Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Tottenham striker Harry Kane, Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard and PSG ace Kylian Mbappe

2019 08 25 Retrieve

[Juventus (1) vs (0) Parma. Matthijs de Ligt has confessed to being confused by head coach Maurizio Sarri’s decision to not use him at all in the Bianconeri’s first Serie A game of the season] Of course, I would have preferred to play. I couldn’t read this based on the training sessions, in that sense I didn’t see this coming, but obviously I respect the decision of the coach. I’m also realistic, I’m still getting used to being here in Italy. The duo that played today, Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, were seen as the best defensive pairing in the world. It’s not like you’re just going to play instead of them in the opening match. I’ll have to conquer them to earn my place in the team this season.

2019 08 30 Retrieve

[Matthijs de Ligt admitted he was surprised to not start the opener, but also said he understood it wouldn’t be easy to walk into a defence as strong a Juve’s] Of course, I would have preferred to play. I couldn’t read this based on the training sessions, in that sense I didn’t see this coming, but obviously I respect the decision of the coach. I’m also realistic, I’m still getting used to being here in Italy. The duo that played today, Chiellini and Bonucci, were seen as the best defensive pairing in the world

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Being left on the bench for Juventus’s opening match should not have come as a big surprise, especially with Bonucci and Chiellini having already formed a reliable defensive partnership for years] The criticism that comes at you via social media if you do not play one match does not affect me, but I do read it. And to be honest, it surprises me. My reserve role just fits into the process of a young boy going to a top European club.

[De Ligt is not naive, he knows he can improve in all aspects of his game; technically, tactically and physically. It is a challenge he relishes and something that excited him when he went through his medical at Juventus’s state-of-the-art J Medical facility] The medical lasted 90 minutes and they even checked up on my teeth. The most interesting thing for me was that they could also see how much potential I have physically. The outcome of that was a positive surprise, because there is a lot of unfulfilled potential still. I would rather hear that I still have 60 per cent room for growth than to find out I am already at 90% of my potential. There is still a lot of room for improvement. It’s now all about fulfilling that potential. If you look at Cristiano Ronaldo and some of the other stars, they are perfect role models. They show me how much I can still gain by looking after my body even better

2019 09 24 Retrieve

[De Ligt ‘really happy’ with Juventus choice despite testing start to life in Turin] There have been many changes but it is going well, I am really happy with the choice I made in the summer when I signed for Juventus. I am learning Italian. Both the language and the football, very different, compared to the Dutch one. I am very happy to be here. It’s really nice to receive an award with the votes of the other players, it’s a great recognition. It was an exciting and enormously proud moment to get on stage with those players, some of whom are literally living legends. It is a great honour to be here. I was lucky enough to have played with both Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo, but frankly I can’t choose between the two.

2019 10 07 Retrieve

[Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt has laughed off rumours suggesting that he has been put on a low-carb diet by head coach Maurizio Sarri because he is overweight] [The article about being put on a low-carb diet and needing one-on-one sessions] really is a wild story. It doesn’t surprise me anymore. Sometimes I think I had a decent game, but apparently there’s something wrong after all. But those are only opinions. It’s important to know what I do well and what went wrong - and I know that well.

Every new player should get the time to adapt to the team. Juventus had two great defenders already with Chiellini and Bonucci. The plan was to let me enter the team slowly, but it worked out differently. Obviously it’s great that I get to play already, but you get thrown in at the deep end right away. That’s a great challenge for me.

The most important lesson I have learned so far at Juventus is that you need self-confidence. In the beginning, I noticed I was way too concerned about not making mistakes and that’s exactly what you shouldn’t do. I never played that way and in my first weeks I was too focused on that. After that game against Atletico Madrid I called myself to order, in a way. I wanted to play with confidence again. Maybe still some things will go wrong, but at least I know for sure things are better than before. Since then I have an upward trend. The critiques you get after the game are part of the deal. Unfortunately that’s the life of a defender. You’re balancing on such a thin line of playing good or bad. Of course I’d rather not give away a penalty kick, but in the end we won [against Inter] and that’s what matters

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Netherlands international De Ligt has turned in some indifferent performances since moving to Turin and was at fault for Northern Ireland’s goal against the Oranje in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday, but Van der Sar has no concerns over the defender’s ability to adapt] He had been at Ajax all his life. So to step away, move with your girlfriend and the family to a different city in Italy, he must learn a new language and get to know his team-mates. His mentality, that of someone who always tries to improve, makes him want to be the best defender in the world. And I’ve seen that with a few players, one of them is playing for his team, Cristiano Ronaldo. He has the same desire and hunger as De Ligt. Matthijs is only [20 years old]. He was fantastic for us at Ajax, our rock and our captain

2019 10 15 Retrieve

[Matthijs de Ligt has admitted that the sense of invincibility that he enjoyed at Ajax has disappeared since he moved to Juventus in the summer] At Ajax, I felt invincible, today it’s different. But I think it’s normal because everything is new for me. I’m progressing and I’m not worried. I don’t know myself why I’m not playing as well as I’d like. All I can do is continue to work, to do my best and to try to learn from my team-mates. I play and that’s the main thing because, in the end, I’m sure that everything will go well and this season will be positive

[There were rumours earlier in the month that Juve boss Maurizio Sarri had put him on a carb-free diet in a bid to control his weight, and once again the Netherlands star laughed off such reports] It’s not a physical problem

2019 11 02 Retrieve

[De Ligt savours scoring ‘special’ Juventus winner as he settles into Serie A] I am really happy, of course. It was a really important game, as Inter won also. We won 1-0 and it was my goal, so [it was] really special

[De Ligt was arguably fortunate not to concede a penalty for handball in the first half] I am just standing like this and the ball hit me. I knew immediately it was not a penalty, because the rules are if my arms are down here, it’s not a penalty

[De Ligt is confident he is starting to grow into his surroundings after finding the transition a little challenging following his move from Ajax] Obviously, when you come to a new club, it’s always going to be hard. It’s going well, the guys made me feel welcome and I think I’m improving every game. I hope that I showed tonight what I can bring to the team. My team-mates are really nice, Higuain gave me an amazing assist and I’m really happy

2019 11 21 Retrieve

[De Ligt rejects Patrick Kluivert’s claim he is unhappy in Turin] You know there will always be a magnifying glass on you if you are bought for so much money. After my first game against Napoli, that has become even worse. But I actually go the extra mile in every game. I get the appreciation of my teammates, the fans and everything else. I am happy with how it’s going

I don’t regret the fact I have moved to Juventus. They are saying and writing a lot of stuff. The fact that it comes from someone like Patrick Kluivert might make it extra credible […] But I didn’t speak to him myself, so I guess that’s an assumption

2019 11 24 Retrieve

[Injury blow for Juventus with Matthijs de Ligt and Douglas Costa set to miss Atletico Madrid clash] Following diagnostic tests carried out this morning […] it emerged that Matthjis de Ligt suffered a dislocated right shoulder in yesterday’s match and has now began the appropriate therapies and recovery. Therapy and recovery also for Federico Bernardeschi, who suffered a bruise to the right hemithorax. Douglas Costa suffered a low-grade lesion of the semitendinosus muscle of the right thigh and has started rehabilitation treatment

2019 12 26 Retrieve

[De Ligt hope to stay at Juventus for a long time] I’m very happy in Turin, I hope to stay here for a long time. I was really proud [to join Juventus] of course, when a big club like Juve want you it’s a big honour. I always liked Juve as a club and now I’m happy and proud to wear this shirt. I feel I’m improving every day. I train with the best players in the world. With Bonucci we understand each other very well and complement each other. I know what he can do and he knows what I can do well. We try to form a good pairing. The most important thing of all is to always want to learn, grow and become a better player. I want to win as many trophies as possible, we want to achieve important goals. If you play for Juventus you must always try to win everything. And that’s what I want to do

2020 01 15 Retrieve

[How has De Ligt gone from ‘invincible’ at Ajax to benched at Juventus?] At Ajax, I felt invincible, today it’s different. I don’t know myself why I’m not playing as well as I’d like. All I can do is continue to work, to do my best and to try to learn from my team-mates.

2020 03 05 Retrieve

[De Ligt explains picking Juventus over Barcelona as he remains on learning curve] I had offers last summer from Juventus, PSG and Barcelona, so I studied the various options and at the end of the day concluded I could grow faster at Juve. They have a particular style and I knew being here would make me a more complete player

There are more eyes on you and people expect a great deal, all of which is new compared to my time at Ajax. I think that I’ve done well in every match since the start of November and I am happy that the club has faith in me. I was on the bench for a little while and talked it over with the coach. I then had that problem with my shoulder and then a groin strain, so I couldn’t train. The coach [Maurizio Sarri] told me very clearly: ‘Calm down, we need you further along in the season and in your best shape, so there’s no rush’. I also had to learn the language, as at the start it was just me and Aaron Ramsey who couldn’t speak Italian. We both spoke English, so spent a lot of time together. [Giorgio] Chiellini also speaks English and he helped me a great deal. It was tough at first, when we sat around the table and everyone spoke Italian, but I took lessons along with my girlfriend

2020 03 23 Retrieve

[AnneKee’s father Keye Molenaar has praised Juventus for its handling of what has been a very difficult situation] Matthijs tested negative, so consequently AnneKee has not needed any test. I have to say that Juventus over these difficult days have shown themselves to be far more than a top club. It was a real family for the kids. There was a little anxiety at first, especially as my daughter has become very close with Michela, Rugani’s girlfriend, who is also positive for Coronavirus

[Reflecting on their high-profile move to Serie A] Aside from this being a tricky time, AnneKee and Matthijs are really in love with Turin and Italy. This is their first real home together and they’re not missing Amsterdam. They are so in love with Turin that they could stay for five years, maybe ten

2020 04 14 Retrieve

[Matthijs de Ligt said he felt like a child in a candy shops when he first entered the Juventus dressing room] Juventus told me also like, ‘All right, you’re young, but also the reason we want to buy you is because you are already really mature, you know how to handle pressure’ and stuff like that. They also said to me it’s difficult for a 19-year-old to go to another country and of course it’s going to be difficult for you but we have confidence in you that you will find your place soon. Obviously when I came into the dressing room the first time I was a little bit like a child in a candy shop, like, ‘There’s Buffon, there’s Ronaldo’

In the beginning you’re just a little bit looking like who’s that, who’s that and stuff like how is he? After really two months I felt really like I could be more myself

In the beginning there was already a lot of eyes on me in the games. In the second game I played I made an own goal and then you know there’s even more pressure. I knew in the training I was training good, I felt good, but in the games it was still a little bit of adaptation to a new style of play. In the beginning it was difficult but I think step by step I improved in that case

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[De Ligt urged against Juventus exit by Stam as talk of interest from Man Utd resurfaces] In my opinion, it is essential that you stay because only in this way can you improve, compare yourself with the best, learn to manage the pressure in important matches in the Champions League and Serie A. My opinion towards him is positive, in the last few months he has expressed himself really well. He has been criticised a bit, but the initial difficulties were due to the fact that he had to understand how to adapt to a different type of football, and he’s still very young. Matthijs plays in a great club that has great players and the pressures he is facing are much greater. Furthermore, you have to consider that the opponents faced in Italy are very different from those encountered in the Netherlands. Juventus invested a substantial amount to get him, many think it has been too much, but in my opinion you just have to think about the continuous growth this boy has had up to now. For me he has been very good so far.

In my opinion it is normal for such a young player to have difficulties. He started playing in a new league and in a top club. In the Netherlands it was simpler as the teams he faced were of a lower level. But it is really where he grew up, Ajax was a challenge for him. This experience provided the self-confidence necessary to face stronger teams. The current result is this: Juventus believes in him in the same way that Matthijs has trust in his own qualities. He is an intelligent boy on and off the field, he wants to learn and you can see that he always wants to do better. This is a good individual quality. He must also learn Italian as it is important to know how to communicate with his team-mates

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[De Ligt didn’t want to be a €75m defender but Juventus star is now learning from Van Dijk & Bonucci] I played a lot in midfield, scored some goals, provided assists, and then suddenly they told me it would be better for my career to go one position back, to centre-back. At the beginning, I was thinking, ‘I don’t like being a defender,’ but now I’m starting to realise that the way I was brought up as a midfielder is helping me. So, I’m really happy that this was the development I had to go through. Since the emergence of that Barcelona team, the ‘tiki-taka’ team, everybody has wanted to play from the back. And to play from the back, you need defenders who are good with the ball. That’s why technical ability is really important in my role. It is important to know for yourself if you’re mentally right; if you’re ready, nobody can stop you. That is the thing that I started to realise and that is good also: to take a step back and see things that maybe you can improve. That is what I do. What I am saying is that mental ability is really important for defenders

[De Ligt said of his development, which includes partnering Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk with the Netherlands] It’s great to play with one of the best players in the world. And I guess we are a good duo. And now at Juventus with [Leonardo] Bonucci and [Giorgio] Chiellini, they are defenders with a lot of experience who know what it’s all about. I try to learn from them

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[Matthijs de Ligt says Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest player of his generation] Ronaldo is the best of his generation and a huge example for young players. I always try to improve the way I play by watching him because even in training he has a crazy intensity and you wonder if he really is 35 years old. We really have a good team, a lot of good guys. The most fun are the South Americans. Beside Ronaldo, I was impressed by Paulo Dybala and Rodrigo Bentancur: both players with an amazing technique. Rodrigo in particular is underestimated, he will have a great future ahead of him

Gigi could literally be my father… he is 42! Can you imagine it! The point is that if you see him playing you would say he is 30. He is a top guy and always available with me. I’m learning a lot from him

[De Ligt says he is going nowhere, despite rumours circulating as to his future] They invented many things about me: the truth is that I’m really happy in Turin and to be able to train every day with extraordinary players. I have the feeling of improving day by day. So, yes, I’m very happy.