After a disastrous start to life at the Allianz Stadium following his £75m move to Juventus, Ajax are contemplating bringing back defender Matthijs de Ligt to the club on loan.
The former Ajax captain was one of Europe’s hottest properties last season following the Dutch side’s exploits in the Eredivise and in the Champions League. After been linked to Real Madrid and Barcelona, De Ligt eventually settled for a move to Juventus in the summer. The defender was said to have been convinced by teammate Cristiano Ronaldo in joining Mauricio Sarri’s side after he spoke to the 20-year-old after his Portugal side defeated Holland in the Nations League final in June.
However, the 20-year-old Dutchman has found himself on the bench for the last five matches with Sarri favouring Merih Demiral at centre-back ahead of him. Things have not worked out as well for De Ligt the way he expected as his career got off to a bad start when he conceded an own goal against Inter Milan in pre-season.
Also, an injury to Giorgio Chiellini gave De Ligt a chance to partner Leonardo Bonucci at the back but he lost his place to a shoulder injury after the side’s 3-1 defeat to Lazio at the beginning of December. He, however, has four clean sheets in 13 appearances, as well as a goal against Torino in the Derby della Mole.
And according to A Bola report, Ajax are ready to bring back to Amsterdam on loan if Juventus will be willing to let him go in the January transfer window. Ajax are said to be keeping a close watch on how things develop for De Ligt in Turin under Sarri. Juventus manager has refuted speculations linking the defender with a move away from the club.
Sarri told Sky Sport Italia that: “I am the first to be convinced that he will become the first defender in the world.
“He had five difficult months playing every three days and having to settle in a new country, a new league with a new language.”