Matthijs de Ligt may be ashamed of how the season has gone for Ajax but the young defender is happy with the progress he has made as a player.

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The 18-year-old has been a key player for the Amsterdam club this season, making 37 appearances in all competitions.

Speaking to De Telegraaf, De Ligt admitted the club should be ashamed with the way the season has gone, with Ajax missing out on the title and heading out of Europe early. He said, “At Ajax you always have to go for the prizes, we did not qualify at European level, flew away from the cup early and had to give up the title race very quickly, then only shame fits. There is almost no greater humiliation than the way PSV has become champion against us.”

Despite the poor campaign for Ajax, De Ligt is happy with the progress he has made as a player, “As a team, of course, it’s a completely different story, because we did not get a prize, but if I compare myself to the player I was a year ago, I think I’ve made big steps: on football, the mental level and in terms of physical, I try to learn from the mistakes, and that’s fine for me so far.

“There are plenty of points for improvement because my experience has made me a bit better at reading situations, but there is still plenty of progress to be made in. There is not one specific point that requires a great deal of improvement, but across the board it’s still ahead, so that I’ll become a better player. “

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