Sat 13 August 2022 | 11:04

De Ligt clarified his recent comments about Juventus

The Dutch star left Juventus and joined Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window.

Matthijs de Ligt

has clarified his recent comments about


' performances, claiming he feels he is better suited to play for

Bayern Munich


De Ligt, who joined Juve from Ajax in 2019, failed to live up to expectations in his three seasons in Turin. In the 2018-19 season, the Dutch defender was able to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League with Ajax and finally transfered to Juventus. He faced tough competition for playing time at the Allianz Stadium, playing fewer than 30 games in all three seasons. In an interview recently, he criticized the performance of Juventus in the last two seasons, when they finished fourth in the league. Now he gave explanations about what he said.

He said: 

"In an interview with NOS in June, I said that – as the club itself thinks – to be fourth tw‪ice in a row with Juventus is not good enough.

"That was not an attack on Juventus. Not at all, because I will always have the utmost respect for this club.

"For me, it was just a fact that no one could be satisfied, that the bar had to be raised, including for me. Maybe it came across incorrectly."

He added: 

"I am very happy that I was able to experience that [at Juve], that I was able to play that way, because I have learned a lot.

"The reason for going to Juventus was also to become a better defender, even though there were differences with the Dutch national team.

"At Juventus, I often had to stay in the position, while at certain times I was required to go [forward] with the Oranje.

"At Bayern, I want to get my Ajax game back again.

"[Bayern coach Julian] Nagelsmann's playing style is much closer to what Louis van Gaal asks of his defenders: defending high, putting high pressure, connecting well and playing forward a lot.

"I think it's a move that can be good for the Dutch national team and my chances, but I did discuss the transfer with [Van Gaal]. He said he had a great time here."

source: SportMob

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