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Matthijs de Ligt says he’s similar to Gerard Pique

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The defender’s comments will fuel speculation

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Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has been talking about how similar he is to Gerard Pique and also about how Ajax play football just like Barcelona.

The 19-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou at the end of the season, and his latest comments will do little to stop speculation flying about.

“I am similar to him [Pique],” he said. ”I like to carry the ball out from the back.

”Defensively I am strong and, like Gerard, I also started as a midfielder.

“Ajax’s style of play is similar to Barcelona’s. High press, a high defensive line and a high level of ball possession.”

Source | ELF Voetbal Magazine

Sport reported on Friday that Barcelona are set to meet Mino Raiola, De Ligt’s agent to discuss a transfer. The champions are said to be “in a hurry” to complete a deal because of Samuel Umtiti’s injury problems.