Matthijs de Ligt's admiration for the Italian League was the main reason he chose to sign for Seria A champions Juventus.
The young defender was highly sought-after by a host of European giants including Barcelona and Manchester United but decided to sign for the Turin-based side.
Speaking after his move, the Dutch international revealed a fascination for the top league and admiration for past Italian icons.
"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.
"When you talk about defenders, then you soon talk about those names. I actually fell in love with the Italian way of defending and I made a choice based on that," he added.
De Ligt was one of the shining stars for Ajax last season, as they lifted the Eredivisie title and went close to reaching the Champions League final, losing out to Tottenham Hotspur in the semifinals.
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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