'I had offers from PSG & Barca'

Serie A

Juventus defender Matthjis de Ligt has opened why he chose to join the Serie A giants ahead of FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

De Ligt was a sought after player following his breakout season with Ajax Amsterdam, who reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

There were a number of big European clubs linked with the Netherlands international but he eventually opted for the Serie A champions in a deal reportedly worth €75million.

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"I had offers last summer from Juventus, PSG and Barcelona, so I studied the various options and at the end of the day concluded I could grow faster at Juve," De Ligt told Ziggo Sport.

"They have a particular style and I knew being here would make me a more complete player."

It wasn't the best of starts for De Ligt, who found himself on the bench on quite a few ocassions this season, and he has now opened up his early-season struggles.

"There are more eyes on you and people expect a great deal, all of which is new compared to my time at Ajax," he added.

"I think that I've done well in every match since the start of November and I am happy that the club has faith in me.

"I was on the bench for a little while and talked it over with the coach. I then had that problem with my shoulder and then a groin strain, so I couldn't train.

"The coach [Maurizio Sarri] told me very clearly: 'Calm down, we need you further along in the season and in your best shape, so there's no rush.'

"I also had to learn the language, as at the start it was just me and Aaron Ramsey who couldn't speak Italian. We both spoke English, so spent a lot of time together.

"[Giorgio] Chiellini also speaks English and he helped me a great deal. It was tough at first, when we sat around the table and everyone spoke Italian, but I took lessons along with my girlfriend."

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