Jan­uary 4, 2020

The Punch - - SPORT ON SATURDAY -

Agent Mino Raiola has taken aim at Barcelona over Matthijs de Ligt’s move to Ju­ven­tus. The Dutch de­fender chose to move to Ju­ven­tus over the Cata­lan club de­spite his Ajax team­mate Frenkie de Jong mov­ing to the Camp Nou.

“For many Dutch peo­ple, Barcelona isn’t a for­eign club, but a Dutch club,” Raiola told Voet­bal In­ter­na­tional.

“Matthijs should have gone there for the strength, how­ever it wasn’t like this and it was al­most a type of sac­ri­fice.

“Barcelona thought, he was like cheese. He’s

Dutch like Frenkie and is at Ajax, so... if De Jong comes, he will too.

“The rea­sons [Barcelona] gave us to try to sign Matthijs were mis­taken.

“Matthijs isn’t in­ter­ested in money, he just wants to play foot­ball.

“He could’ve gone to Juve a year ear­lier, but Ajax had asked him to stay when he’d al­ready made some agree­ments.

“(Ju­ven­tus) was his first op­tion, in­ter­est from other clubs like Barcelona or Paris Saint-ger­main sur­prised him.”

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