Matthijs de Ligt is aware of everybody outside the house of Ajax is chatting about his potential and which European superpower will safe his much-coveted signature.
“Am I aggravated by the rumours? No. Bored? A very little little bit,” De Ligt tells ESPN. “But it won’t make a difference to me if there’s an short article about the place I should go or what I must do. It will not issue, at all.”
He is only 19 and previously captaining Hakim Ziyech Ajax Jersey. He was named European Golden Boy in December, and as he talks on a pitch at their instruction ground, he is thrilled about the long term. But while he is articles, the relaxation of Europe talks about him. That morning’s Mundo Deportivo had photos of Frenkie de Jong and De Ligt with the headline “De Jong Sube… Y De Ligt Baja” — the Spanish newspaper speculated Barcelona had been in pole position for De Jong but experienced fallen behind Juventus in the race for him. Each and every day, there’s a new club: Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Bayern Munich, Manchester Town, Arsenal and Manchester United have all been described in the previous week. (Then, on Wednesday, Barcelona introduced that they’d signed De Jong as of July one.)
Clubs coveting Ajax’s expertise is almost nothing new. It dates back again to Johan Cruyff, who sooner or later moved to Barcelona in 1973. Then there was the chase for Marco van Basten, Patrick Kluivert, Edwin van der Sar, Wesley Sneijder, Christian Eriksen and Dusan Tadic Jersey so on. Not only is their academy outstanding so much too is their eye for signing small-profile international talent like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Luis Suarez and acquiring them into superstars. Now it is De Ligt’s convert.
Chatting to De Ligt, it is easy to neglect he is a teenager, as age issues small at Ajax. If a player is fantastic sufficient, he will be given a opportunity with the to start with crew. It is a area anchored on development. They have this mantra of the up coming challenge becoming just one pitch absent at their academy and instruction ground, identified as De Toekomst.