Matthijs de Ligt trains with Cristiano Ronaldo and Co for the first time after sealing £67.8m move to Juventus as Maurizio Sarri confirms defender WILL face Tottenham in pre-season friendly
- Matthijs de Ligt joined his Juventus team-mates for his first training session
- The Dutch teenager has just completed a huge £67.8million move to Turin
- Maurizio Sarri revealed De Ligt would play in pre-season clash with Tottenham
- Juventus face Tottenham in Singapore in the International Champions Cup
Matthijs de Ligt was put through his paces in training with Juventus for the first time since sealing a £67.8million move from Ajax.
Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri confirmed that De Ligt would play in the match, although admitted conditions will not be ideal for the game.
Matthijs de Ligt took part in Juventus training for the first time after sealing a move from Ajax
Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri admitted that the conditions will not allow for a good match
Sarri said: ‘You will not be able to see a good match. The weather conditions are difficult and two tired teams will face each other as preparation for the season gets underway.
‘I’d like to see the mental aspect of my players more than the physical ones. De Ligt will play on Sunday.’
Sarri also explained how he wanted his team to continue dominating domestically but also how he plans to get them competing against the best in Europe.
Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured) also took a full part in training and will start against Tottenham
De Ligt will play for his new club for the first time in a pre-season friendly against Tottenham
The Dutchman will be aiming to help his new team continue their domestic domination in Italy
He added: ‘We want to become a team with its own identity and we want to have fun. A group of people who have fun can give more on the pitch.
‘Here, I’ve found a very peaceful environment and there is commitment on everyone’s part.
‘At the Italian level we start as favorites, but in Europe there are 10 to 11 teams of the level of Juventus and the difficulties of the competition are very high.’
De Ligt was presented to the Italian media on Friday before jetting out to Singapore with his new team-mates.
The Dutchman said: ‘I’m still young but I feel like I’ve got a lot of experience for a 19-year-old, that’s why I made this move to gain more experience and to learn from the players here,’ he said in a press conference on Friday.
‘It’s a big step, my first outside of my home country. I was really honoured with how the Juventus fans welcomed me and I hope that I can give a lot back.
‘I have to get used to a new sporting culture here and a new sporting environment and I hope that I can give my best.’
Ronaldo stretches his legs during a series of drills and exercises at Bishan Stadium
Juventus are one of a number of teams who are carrying out training camps in Singapore
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