Sunday 25 August 2019

'The stories are funny' - Matthijs de Ligt is dismissive over links with Manchester United

Matthijs De Ligt has signed a five-year deal with Juventus (PA)
Matthijs De Ligt has signed a five-year deal with Juventus (PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has claimed reports that he has received a big money off to join Manchester United are 'funny', as he insisted he will not finalise his future until mid-June.

De Ligt is widely expected to join Spanish champions Barcelona, despite suggestions in the Spanish media that the deal has hit a stumbling block that could allow United to step in and sign the 19-year-old.

Yet Old Trafford chiefs have made it clear that they are not expecting to sign De Ligt, with agent Mino Raiola believed to be pulling a few strings as he looks to get the best deal out of the transfer of his latest star name.

De Ligt was pretty dismissive of his links with United, as he offered up these comments to Fox Sports.

"I have read the reports about Manchester United," said De Ligt. "I have seen the salary I would get, too. Would you take it?’ ‘People should take these reports with a grain of salt. The stories are funny though.

"Everyone has been talking about my future for a year now. One day I will go there, and the next day I will go somewhere else. I have made quite a tour through Europe haven’t I?

"My focus is on the Nations League and after that I will see what will happen."

De Ligt impressed during Ajax's run to the Champions League semi-finals and is currently training with the Dutch squad ahead of their Nations League semi-final clash against England on June 6th.

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