Matthijs de Ligt reveals Cristiano Ronaldo asked him to join Juventus: 'I was a little shocked'

Ronaldo's Portugal defeated De Ligt's Dutch side 1-0 at Porto's Estadio do Dragao to win the inaugural Nations League title

Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League Final - Portugal v Netherlands - Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal - June 9, 2019 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Netherlands' Matthijs de Ligt REUTERS/Susana Vera
Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League Final - Portugal v Netherlands - Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal - June 9, 2019 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Netherlands' Matthijs de Ligt REUTERS/Susana Vera

Matthijs de Ligt is one of the most in-demand footballers in Europe, with Barcelona and Manchester United reportedly keen on the Ajax captain.

Now De Ligt could add Juventus to the growing list of admirers after Cristiano Ronaldo approached the Netherlands defender after the Uefa Nations League final on Sunday.

Ronaldo's Portugal defeated De Ligt's Dutch side 1-0 at Porto's Estadio do Dragao to win the inaugural Nations League title.

After the game, television cameras saw Ronaldo talking to De Ligt, and the Dutch defender appeared to confirm that the Juventus star spoke to him about the possibility to joining him at the Italian champions.

"I didn't understand him at first. I was a little shocked, so I laughed. But I didn't say anything," De Ligt told the Netherlands' NOS television.

"So soon after the game you are not at all concerned with it. You are disappointed that you have lost and that is the only thing you are thinking about."

De Light has been a central part of Ajax's impressive season that saw the club win the domestic double as well as reaching the Uefa Champions League semi-finals, defeating the likes of Real Madrid and Ronaldo's Juve en route.

As a result, the 19-year-old centre-back has caught the attention of a number of Europe's leading club's, although De Ligt insisted he has not given much thought to his future.

"I don't mind that. The transfer period starts in a while, so I will first go on a nice vacation and rest. I will let it happen and then I will see," he said.

Published: June 10, 2019 09:37 AM

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