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17-07-2019 | 15:07 Football
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Mino Raiola reveals why Matthijs de Ligt snubbed Manchester United for Juventus transfer

Matthijs de Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola has said it was important for his client to play in Italy, as the Dutch defender closes in the switch to Juventus. Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with the player, however, he will join Juventus. “It’s not a question of who wanted him most, but Juve are the best team for him,” Raiola told reporters outside the J Medical Centre in Turin, as De Ligt underwent his medical tests ahead of the move. “It’s important for a defender to come to Italy. He can learn to become the best in the world here. This step is necessary for his career. Certainly, he’s the best young defender. After that, he only needs a bit of time to show that he’s the best on a different level. “In terms of work and mentality, he approaches and, indeed even surpasses, Nedved. He reminds me of Ibra for his ambition. It’s always good to play alongside great champions like Bonucci. As for whether Ronaldo told him to join Juve, you have to ask him. I don’t know. The decision to join Juve was considered one. It wasn’t made in just a day. It was a long process.”

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