Ronald Koeman was full of praise for Matthijs de Ligt ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League clash with Juventus on Tuesday.

De Ligt missed the first group match between the two sides due to his shoulder injury but is back for Tuesday’s clash.

Speaking to his press conference, Koeman was full of praise for the Juventus star, who was a key part of his Netherlands side.

He said, “It is a pity that De Ligt plays for Juventus and not here, but that all happened before my arrival. I know him well. Despite his age, he already has a lot of experience. He does everything he can to improve himself daily, can become the best in his position, and is also a very good person.”

Barcelona were heavily linked with De Ligt before he made his move to Juventus in 2019. An agreement was reached with Ajax but Barcelona could not agree terms with De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola, who pushed De Ligt towards Juventus.




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