Juventus new boy Matthijs de Ligt reveals Man Utd claims that left him angry

Juventus new boy Matthijs de Ligt reveals Man Utd claims that left him angry

De Ligt was linked with a host of Europe’s top clubs – one of which was Manchester United.

But the Dutch star opted to move to Juventus despite United’s interest in him dating back to the Louis van Gaal days.

It was claimed one of Van Gaal’s scouts, Marcel Bout, turned the Red Devils off the idea of signing De Ligt by reportedly suggesting he would gain weight throughout his career due to his father suffering such problems.

But the teenager has dismissed the story as just speculation.

“Every day, there was something new,” he told Voetbal International.

“Suddenly, even my father was too fat and that’s why one of the clubs wouldn’t want me. That makes you go, ‘Come on, man…'”

It was reported that De Ligt had decided to join Barcelona earlier this summer before negotiations between the two broke down.

The Catalans were not happy about the demands made by De Ligt and his representative, Mino Raiola.

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De Ligt was on United’s radar while Van Gaal was in charge (Pic: GETTY)

But the Dutchman has rebuffed any criticism that may have been pointed towards Raiola.

“He (Raiola) has a lot of experience,” De Ligt added.

“I think there may be a certain negative image of him in Holland, but I certainly don’t experience it that way.

“I think if you ask all of his players if Mino does a good job for them, everyone would say yes. That’s the most important thing. It’s not about what other people say about him, it’s about what he can do for me.”

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De Ligt’s arrival is a major coup for the Italian champions (Pic: GETTY)

The super agent has picked up huge fees for brokering deals such as the one that saw Paul Pogba move from Juventus to Manchester United.

Italian media have reported Raiola landed €11m for ensuring De Ligt moved to Turin this summer.

Prior to signing for Juventus De Ligt also held discussions with PSG, but he has rejected claims he turned down the French champions because they wouldn’t make him their top earner.

“Money played no role at all in my choice for a new club,” he said.

“Everyone who knows me, knows that. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I will respect that, but some people were saying things like that (the PSG story) very easily.”

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