Matthijs De Ligt talked about his contract renewal with Juventus, which expires in 2024. He said: "At the moment we are negotiating, when the time comes I will decide what to do. I always look to what is best for me. The fourth consecutive place.
twice is not enough, we will have to improve because Juventus is a club that always wants and must win. From a personal point of view, this has been my best season for how much and how I have played injuries of Bonucci and Chiellini I have had the opportunity to prove my worth.
Being able to beat the competition is part of the sport. It can be seen as something negative, but in reality it excites me. Of course, it is not an ideal situation, but I always try to see the positive side in a situation: I can play in all three positions in defense with Van Gaal, then obviously it is up to the manager to choose the most suitable players."
De Ligt is a complete and physically strong central defender, good at kicking with both feet, who sees his strengths in the defensive advances and in the ability in the aerial game. While not very fast, he is capable of setting up the game, resulting in a de facto added director.
He makes marking his strong point, thanks to his physicality and he also demonstrates a certain propensity for goals, especially with a head. On 18 July 2019 he moved to Italy, acquired outright by Juventus for 75 million euros.
The following 31 August he made his debut with the bianconeri, in the victorious Serie A home match against Napoli (4-3): arrived in Turin, in the initial plans, to gradually grow in the shadow of the most experienced team mates, the injury occurred a few days earlier, captain Giorgio Chiellini immediately launched him as a starter, teaming up with Leonardo Bonucci at the center of the Juventus rearguard.
After overcoming initial difficulties in adapting to Italian football, his first goal in the Juventus jersey, which decides the derby against Turin on November 2, 2019 (0-1), marks a change of pace that will lead him to establish himself among the best elements seasonals of the team, in a championship that expanded until the summer, due to the spring stop dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic, on 26 July 2020 the defender won his first championship.
The team fails to defend the Italian flag in the following championship, falling into a fluctuating path that does not benefit, among others, the defection on several occasions of De Ligt, who was initially out for three months at the start of the season due to an intervention.
to the right shoulder and then, in January, hit by COVID-19,] despite this, in 2021 he participated in the Juventus victories in the Italian Super Cup against Napoli and in the Italian Cup against Atalanta.