Van der Sar reveals where Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt will go

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 10: Matthijs de Ligt (R), Daley Blind (C) and Frenkie de Jong (L) of Ajax applaud the home support at the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Ajax and Juventus at Johan Cruyff Arena on April 10, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Ajax director Edwin van der Sar has revealed that Matthijs de Ligt will move to either the Premier League or La Liga in the summer transfer window.

Some of Europe’s biggest clubs are queuing up to sign De Ligt in the summer following his stunning progress at Ajax.

Despite being just 19 years old, De Ligt is already the Ajax captain and played a vital role in their fairytale run in the Champions League semi-finals this season.

The Dutch centre-back has even earned himself comparisons with some of the all-time greatest defenders in Jaap Stam and Alessandro Nesta.

Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Liverpool have all been touted as potential destinations. While Manchester United reportedly had a €70m offer turned down by De Ligt.

But Van der Sar doesn’t reckon a move to Juventus or Bayern is on the table.

“I think these will be De Ligt’s final games with Ajax, but I hope he goes out on a high,” Van der Sar told Sky Sport Italia after Ajax’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Tottenham on Wednesday.

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“He’s been here since he was a child and will end up at a big club. I think he’ll go to England or Spain.”

De Ligt scored a fifth-minute header against Spurs in Amsterdam before Hakim Ziyech put them into a two-goal lead heading into the break and, critically, a 3-0 aggregate advantage.

However, Lucas Moura then stepped up to score a sensational hat-trick after the break to send Spurs through to the final on away goals after finishing 3-3 on aggregate.

Now, attention turns to Ajax manager Erik ten Hag’s future amid reported interest from Bayern in regards to replacing Niko Kovac for next season.

“We intend to keep hold of Ten Hag, that is our intention,” said Van der Sar.

“We know there will be a lot of changes within the squad, but we’d at least like to confirm the coaching staff.”

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 08: Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax (4) scores his team’s first goal past Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 08, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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