Juventus new boy Matthijs De Ligt could have joined Borussia Dortmund two years ago, a former coach for the German side has revealed.
De Ligt was one of several names intensely linked with Manchester United over the summer, before the Ajax captain snubbed them – prompting the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester instead – and moved to Juventus in a €75m deal.
However, it has now been revealed that the Dutchman had other opportunities to leave Ajax in the past, which could have seen his career take quite a different route.
“When Lukasz Piszczek got injured we had to make a lot of changes in the defence,” former Dortmund assistant Hendrie Kruzen told SPOX. “Maybe we should have pushed for a high-profile new signing that summer.
“Unfortunately, when we had that difficult phase, as is often the case in professional football, we did not have the time to sort it out and to get new players in in the winter.
“We were already in talks with some of them, and those players were of a high calibre even for a club like BVB. I don’t know whether they would’ve definitely signed or not but one of them went from Ajax to Juventus for a lot of money this summer.”
De Ligt – whom Kruzen worked with when he was Ajax’s assistant manager in 2016-17 – recently admitted to being “annoyed” by the rumours that linked him with Man Utd over the summer.