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Matthijs de Ligt says ‘it’s important a young player plays’ amid Barcelona speculation

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The defender will go on holiday and then decide his future

Portugal v Netherlands - UEFA Nations League Final Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt spoke about his future yet again after the Netherlands’ UEFA Nations League defeat to Portugal on Sunday.

The Ajax centre-back is being tipped to move to either Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and spoke about his desire for playing time wherever he goes.

“I’m going on vacation now. I will think what is best for me and then I will decide. I think it’s important that a young player plays, that’s the only thing I know, “

Source | Mundo Deportivo

If De Ligt does move to Barcelona then he will find some fierce competition at centre-back with Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet and Jean-Clair Todibo in the squad.

The Ajax star also spoke after the match about how Cristiano Ronaldo asked him if he was moving to Turin after the full-time whistle.

He told NOS: “He asked me to come to Juventus. I was a little shocked by that question, that’s why I laughed. I didn’t understand him at first.”