Ryan Gravenberch says Matthijs de Ligt did not ask him about joining Bayern Munich

Matthijs de Ligt grew to become the third former Ajax participant to hitch Bayern Munich this summer time, following Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui, though he technically joined from Juventus. However, you would be exhausting pressed to search out anybody that might recommend De Ligt’s tenure at Juventus was higher than his time at Ajax, the place he grew to become membership captain at simply 19 years of age and led his facet to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019, which required late heroics from Lucas Moura for Tottenham to edge previous them and get to the ultimate, solely to lose to Liverpool in Madrid.

For De Ligt, his coronary heart appeared prefer it was all the time set on Bayern and he was even signed for a bit lower than was initially anticipated because it appeared that Juventus was going to face agency with their 80-million euro valuation of the center-back. Linking up together with his former Ajax teammates has actually been an added bonus in serving to De Ligt acclimate to life at Bayern, particularly having joined up with a fellow Dutch worldwide in Gravenberch.

Despite the pre-existing relationship and Dutch connection between De Ligt and Gravenberch, the latter did admit in a current kicker interview (by way of @iMiaSanMia) that his former Ajax teammate did not attain out to ask him about Bayern earlier than finalizing his transfer.

“Actually, no,” he mentioned when he was requested if there had been any direct outreach. “But it is cool that he is additionally right here now. He’s an important participant, an absolute rock on the again. He’s a troublesome defender that may make the crew higher.

“I’ve recognized Matthijs for a very long time. I’ve regarded as much as him when he went with Ajax to the Champions League semifinal in 2019, whereas I used to be nonetheless a youth participant.”

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With a few of his bodily attributes mixed together with his peak, there have been some comparisons drawn between Gravenberch and Paul Pogba. The latter’s profession at Manchester United had its ups and downs, however for each France and Juventus, and at instances, United, Pogba has proven what he is able to when he is on his day.

The Pogba comparability has been with Gravenberch since his Ajax days, however it’s one he is not hesitant to simply accept.

“I usually heard that earlier than,” he defined. “This comparability was there since I used to be a youth participant at Ajax. It’s tough for me to say, however we’ve some similarities: the way in which he strikes on the pitch, his physique, he is additionally huge and has lengthy legs.”

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