Matthijs de Ligt remains unsure about his next destination, with the Ajax skipper planning to consider all of his options during his off-season break.
An array of clubs have been strongly linked with the 19-year-old, who has impressed for club and country this season.
The latest surrounding Manchester United and De Ligt came yesterday from RAC1 journalist Gerard Romero in the tweet below, suggesting that sources close to the player claim the Red Devils are no longer in contention for the Dutchman’s signature, with only three clubs left in the running: Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
☎️DE LIGT. Esta noche jugará el último partido de la temporada y veremos su futuro, pronto. Propuestas que han caído. La del United cayó según el entorno del jugador, ese mismo entorno mantiene que PSG, Juventus y Barça son los candidatos para la salida #mercato pic.twitter.com/ybB2YPvN0U
— Gerard Romero (@gerardromero) June 9, 2019
It remains to be seen whether this will spell the end of rumours linking the Netherlands international with United, but the player himself looks like he will drag the saga on another while.
He doesn’t appear to be in any rush to make a decision on his future, although it looks pretty clear that he will leave Ajax before the new season kicks-off.
Interviewed after losing the Nations League final to Portugal, De Ligt was asked what colour shirt he would be wearing next season, to which he replied (via Independent.ie): “I don’t know. I don’t know.
“Now I am going on vacation and I just take a rest, relax and then I will see.
“When you rest you have enough time to think, so that’s good.”
Following Portugal’s victory, De Ligt also revealed that Ronaldo has asked him to join Juventus this summer, as reported by Goal: “I didn’t understand him at first. I was a little shocked, so I laughed, but I didn’t say anything.
“Shortly after the game you are not at all concerned with it, you are disappointed you have lost and that is the only thing you are thinking about.”
— UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 9, 2019
It feels like United have always been outsiders in the race to sign De Ligt purely based on the fact we have no Champions League football to offer next season.
And, the other clubs linked with signing De Ligt will all be aiming to win the competition outright next season.