Ex-Man United manager Louis Van Gaal has urged Matthijs De Ligt to snub his former side in favour of arch-rivals Manchester City.
The 19-year-old has been one of the standout performers this season for Ajax guiding the Dutch giants to their first Champions League semifinals in almost two decades.
CB: De Ligt 🇳🇱
RB: Wan-Bissaka 🇬🇧
CM: Fernandes 🇵🇹
RW: Daniel James 🇬🇧
In all honesty, that's the absolute best we can hope for this summer. (8.5/10 imo) pic.twitter.com/iwkghCamGi
— JoshGI 🇾🇪 (@JoshGI97) May 31, 2019
The Ajax Skipper also won the domestic league and cup which has seen him catch the eye of some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Barcelona were earlier seen as the favourites to land the Dutchman but their conversations have hit a stumbling block since the Catalan Giants have refused to succumb to De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola’s staggering demands.
Manchester United have shown a keen interest in De Ligt and are ready to flex their financial muscle on the centre half but the ex-United boss believes a move to crosstown rivals Man City would be a better one for De Ligt.
In conversation with fellow ex-Ajax boss Petr Bosz on FOX Sports (via the Daily Mail), he agreed to Bosz’ statement saying that De Ligt would be ideal to replace Vincent Kompany at the Etihad.
“I think De Ligt fits perfectly with Manchester City,” said Bosz. “Vincent Kompany is already gone and Nicolas Otamendi is not good enough. Then I would love to see him next to Aymeric Laporte.”
“I think exactly the same,” Van Gaal replied. “Although De Ligt can go to Barcelona too because I don’t like their central defenders either.
“He could play at Barcelona, but he could play for Manchester City also, and in that case, I would choose Pep Guardiola over Lionel Messi.”
De Ligt revealed only a a few days earlier that he will make any decisions on his future after his UEFA Nations League clash with England.
“Obviously the Premier League is a big competition, in Spain also,” he told ESPN via Marca, revealing his doubts.
“I still do not know anything about where my future is. “First we have to play two games and then after that I’ll see what happens next,” he told ESPN via Marca.