Ajax skipper Matthijs de Ligt admits he may have played his final game for the Dutch giants. The 19-year-old defender has been heavily linked with an exit from Amsterdam in the summer after an extraordinary campaign with Erik ten Hag’s side that have played the semi-final of the Champions League tournament can claiming the Eredivisie trophy.
The Catalan club have already agreed on a £75million deal to secure the services of de Ligt’s team-mate Frenkie de Jong and reports from Spain suggested that de Light would follow the footsteps on his former teammate and wear the Catalans t-shirt for the next seaosn.
However, the Spanish giants will have to sell the likes of Philippe Coutinho to fund the move for Dutch centre-back who has been also rumoured with a switch to Manchester United and Liverpool.
The defender’s spoken of his admiration for Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk in the past, while the Red Devils need a quality centre-back for the next season.
And, after claiming the league title with Ajax on Sunday, de Ligt has revealed that he had discussions with the club to leave the team ahead of the next season.
Asked if he would made his last game for the club, de Ligt replied:
‘I don’t know yet. ‘There have been conversations, but there is still no agreement.’
Dutch centre-back is expected to cost in the region of £80m, meaning he would become the most expensive defender in the world.
Ajax are realistic about their chances of keeping the centre-back, however, they will not sanction any further exit as they seek to keep the team together for at least another year.