New Juventus signing Matthijs De Ligt has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo did not in any way play a role in him picking the Turin-based side.
The Dutch youngster was unveiled as a Juventus player this week, after completing a £68m switch from the Dutch champions.
The former-immediate Ajax star was the subject of speculation, with Barcelona and Manchester United among the teams thought to have been closing in on him.
“After the Nations League final I was already sure that I wanted to join Juventus, but it was still a big compliment to have Cristiano ask me to join here but it didn't make the difference,” De Ligt told reporters at his first press conference as a Juve player.
“I came here because Italy is one of the most traditional countries for defenders. Juventus is a great forwards step for me,"
De Ligt revealed on Thursday that his fascination with the Italian league was key to his decision to move to Turin, further saying his idols all played in the league.
"Many of my idols from the past are also Italians. Such as [Paolo] Maldini, [Franco] Baresi, [Alessandro] Nesta, [Fabio] Cannavaro and [Gaetano] Scirea," he said as quoted by Goal.
The teenager has played 117 games for Ajax in all competitions, scoring 13 goals, including the winner in Turin as Ajax eliminated Juventus in the quarter-finals.
He has played 17 times for the Netherlands.
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