Matthijs de Ligt will join Barcelona or Bayern Munich, says Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag

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Matthijs de Ligt will join Barcelona or Bayern Munich in the summer, says Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag

  • The 19-year-old Ajax defender has been at the centre of a transfer tussle
  • Barcelona, Bayern, Manchester City and Juventus have been tracking De Ligt
  • Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has admitted that there is ‘zero chance’ of him staying

Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag has admitted that there is ‘zero chance’ of Barcelona and Bayern Munich target Matthijs de Ligt staying at the club this summer.

The 19-year-old club captain has been at the centre of a transfer tussle after team-mate Frenkie de Jong agreed to join Barcelona at the end of the season.

And the Spanish giants are favourites to also land De Ligt despite interest from Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Juventus.

Barcelona are are favourites to also land Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer

Barcelona are are favourites to also land Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer

‘There’s zero chance Matthijs de Ligt is staying at Ajax,’ Ten Hag told Suddeutschen Zeitung.

‘There are so many clubs interested in him. He will leave us this summer, but I don’t know whether he’ll join Bayern or Barcelona.’

Barcelona see De Ligt as the long-term successor to Gerard Pique while Samuel Umtiti has lost his place to Clement Lenglet.

Erik ten Hag has admitted that there is 'zero chance' of Matthijs de Ligt staying at the club

Erik ten Hag has admitted that there is ‘zero chance’ of Matthijs de Ligt staying at the club

Former Ajax and Barcelona coach Louis van Gaal believes that the Catalans are the best option available to the 19-year-old.

‘I think he can play in any league,’ Van Gaal told Marca.

‘In Italy they’re masters of defending, so it’s where he could learn and grow.

‘But if I was in his position, I would go to Barcelona. They have defenders who aren’t very strong and he could play there.

 

 

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