Matthijs de Ligt is officially a Juventus player after they confirmed his €75 million signing from Ajax.

The 19-year-old has been the subject of much speculation this summer but finally he has made his move from Ajax.

Juventus have confirmed the signing of De Ligt on a five-year deal. Ajax receives €75 million for their captain.

Speaking to the Ajax website, De Ligt explained his choice, “I have been fascinated by the Italian way of defending since my childhood. Many of my examples from the past are Italians too. Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Nesta, Fabio Cannavaro … when you talk about defenders, those names often come up. I fell in love with the Italian way of defending.

“At Juventus they clearly indicated that they wanted me, that they saw a bright future ahead of me and that they thought they could improve me in certain areas. ”

The 15-time Netherlands international made 117 appearances for Ajax and lifted the Eredivisie trophy last season.

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