What Matthijs de Ligt said when asked about joining Manchester United this summer

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt appears to have ruled out a potential move to Manchester United this summer following his latest comments on his future.

Man United are expected to splash the cash in the summer in a bid to hand Erik ten Hag the chance to challenge the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool for top honours.

With reports claiming that both Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are set on leaving Manchester United this month, United are increasingly likely to sign at least one centre-back.

De Ligt has been a long-term target for The Red Devils and following the appointment of Ten Hag, his former Ajax manager, the Netherlands international has been linked again with a summer move to Old Trafford.

The 22-year-old came off the bench to help Netherlands thrash Belgium 4-1 on Friday in the UEFA Nations League.

Matthijs de Ligt was asked about the prospect of moving to Manchester United this summer following a tough year at Juventus but his reply was rather about how Juve would improve further.

Matthijs de Ligt has been linked with a move to Manchester United
Matthijs de Ligt has been linked with a move to Manchester United

“I look at the sporting project,” the former Ajax defender told NOS when asked about the speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford. 

“Ending fourth in a row for two years in a row is not good enough, Juventus knows this too. So being Juventus, we have to make steps.”

The former Ajax skipper’s current deal with The Old Lady runs out in 2024 and he appears to not be bothered over extending his stay at Allianz Stadium.

Speaking about his future, de Ligt added: “There are talks ongoing between me and Juventus. Once the right moment arrives, I will decide to extend or to look further.”

Matthijs de Ligt isn’t the only Dutch player that is linked with a move to Manchester United, with his compatriot, Frenkie de Jong said to be edging closer to a move to United.

Barcelona value the midfielder at £60million, though the ex-Ajax star isn’t entirely focused on switching from Spain to England.