Matthijs de Ligt: Premier League giants told to sign Ajax captain as he is ‘absolutely made for English football’


Matthijs de Ligt: Premier League giants told to sign Ajax captain as he is ‘absolutely made for English football’

Young Ajax powerhouse Matthijs de Ligt is ‘made for English football’ and the player himself is surprised no top Premier League clubs have yet registered a serious interest in him.

That’s according to Dutch football journalist Marcel van der Kraan, who joined talkSPORT on Wednesday morning to look back on Ajax’s stunning Champions League victory over Juventus.

Having dumped out defending champions Real Madrid in the last 16, the outstanding young side took another giant scalp as they booted Juve out of the quarter-finals – ending Cristiano Ronaldo’s hope of claiming a fourth straight European title.

Ajax players celebrate their win over Juventus

The Dutch outfit, whose starting line-up at the Allianz Stadium was an average age of just 24, will next face either Manchester City or Tottenham in the semis.

One of the stars of the show in Turin was 19-year-old Ajax captain De Ligt, whose thumping header from a corner sealed the 2-0 victory.


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De Ligt has been strongly linked with a move away from Amsterdam this summer, with Barcelona and Juventus reportedly very keen on the Netherlands international.

But Van der Kraan insists the youngster would be the perfect signing for a Premier League club, saying whoever he joins will be getting ‘another Virgil van Dijk’.

Speaking on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “We think Barcelona will be knocking on the door again next week to finish another transfer. They like him. They like him a lot.

“Juventus have already tried to get him.