louis van gaal: matthijs de ligt should head to manchester city

08:30    04 Jun 2019

Dutch national soccer team players (L-R) Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, and Daley Blind attend their team's training session
Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has advised AFC Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt to head to the Red Devils’ arch rivals, Manchester City.

De Ligt was one of the stars of Ajax's run to the UEFA Champions League semifinals this season, and is expected to leave the Dutch champions this offseason.

Barcelona appeared to be clear favourites to sign him, but reports continue to link the defender with a move to United, who are said to have offered a significantly better financial package.

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According to Van Gaal, however, de Ligt would be better off playing under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

In conversation with another former Ajax manager, Peter Bosz, on FOX Sports, Van Gaal agreed that a transfer to the Premier League champions would be the best option for the 19-year-old.

"I think De Ligt fits perfectly with Manchester City," Bosz said. "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 responded. "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 is currently with the Dutch national side as they prepare to face England in the UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal later this week.

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