De Ligt admits mixed emotions after leaving Ajax for Juve

Serie A By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 19/07/2019

Former Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt has admitted he had mixed feelings after completing his move to Juventus.

De Ligt is of the view that quitting Ajax for the Serie A Champions leaves him with mixed emotions.

“I played for 10 years in the youth sector and three in the first team, but unfortunately I have to take a step forward now," the 19-year-old told Ajax TV.

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“I've always been fascinated by the Italian art of defending. Many of the players I look up to are Italian: Maldini, Baresi, Nesta, Cannavaro, Scirea... I could go on.

“I fell in love with how Italian clubs defend. For me, it's sad to leave Ajax. I experienced some wonderful and very ugly moments.

“It was like being on a rollercoaster, but there's always a time in our lives when we have to go our separate ways.

“I'll miss everyone, but no-one knows what the future holds."