Jasper Cillessen claimed that he offered advice to Matthijs De Ligt about a potential transfer.
Jasper Cillessen has claimed that he offered advice to Matthijs De Ligt. The Ajax Skipper has been linked with a potential move to Barcelona, although Manchester United remain interested.
The Dutch shot-stopper, who wants to leave the club in summer, said: “I sat down with him [De Ligt] to talk about all the options but I did the same with Frenkie [de Jong].
“I told him that the decision belongs to him. Matthijs is a good boy and he knows what he has to do.
“I talked to him but also told him that I cannot make the decision for him. He knows what he has to do.
“I can only talk about the good things about Barcelona because they are a great club and I have great feelings for them.” said Cillessen.
Juventus and Paris Saint Germain are the other two clubs interested in signing the young centre-back, although Barcelona remain in the driving seat till date. His agent Mino Raiola is set to be demanding more compensation, which has put off Barcelona currently.
On the other hand, Manchester United and Juventus are willing to match his wages to lure him away from Johan Cryuff Stadium. Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain have also been thrown in the mix, but they are unlikely to sign a centre-back for a high fee currently.
It will be an interesting summer as many clubs are in a rebuilding process. The Dutch International is yet to make up his decision as many clubs circle him for his signature.
Here’s how Twitter has reacted..
Matthijs de Ligt has the quality to play for Barcelona and should consider joining the club, according to Netherlands team-mate Jasper Cillessen…https://t.co/7xRGAhFncr
— AS English (@English_AS) June 8, 2019
Cillessen on De Ligt to Barcelona speculation: ‘He knows what he has to do’ The Dutch goalkeeper joined the Catalan side from Ajax three years ago and insists his compatriot is good enough to make the grade at Camp Nou
— Bra xite (@joshua_asamoah) June 8, 2019
Cillessen: “De Ligt worried about minutes? Yes, but he has many qualities. He is very young, he is only 19 years old. Barcelona need players with a very high level and he has the level to play at Barça.”
— barcacentre (@barcacentre) June 8, 2019
Cillessen: “I sat down with Matthijs de Ligt to talk about his future. I can only tell him good things about Barca, because it’s a great club and I have great feelings with Barca. I told him the same as Frenkie. Matthijs is a good boy, he knows what he has to do. [md] pic.twitter.com/W2b4jij5iB
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) June 8, 2019
🗣[AS] | Cillessen on De Ligt:
“I sat down with him to talk about all his options, the same as I did with Frenkie. I told him that I could not make the decision for him – he knows what he has to do. I can only talk about good things about Barca because it’s a great club.” pic.twitter.com/4nnclYOB6N
— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) June 8, 2019
It is exciting to see how the future unfolds for Matthijs De Ligt. Barcelona are in the driving seat, irrespective of interest from other clubs.