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Barcelona & Liverpool-linked Matthijs de Ligt admits ‘there’s an option that’s better than the others’

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Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt has this afternoon provided the latest update on his future, seemingly confirming that he has a clear preference regarding his next club.

De Ligt in-demand

Despite the summer transfer window having not yet opened in any of Europe’s major divisions apart from the Premier League, speculation surrounding the respective futures of a number of football’s biggest stars has nevertheless been rampant for weeks now.

The likes of Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho, Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba have all been tipped to find their way to new clubs over the coming months.

No player, however, has been more widely-talked about than Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt.

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Matthijs de Ligt celebrates scoring for Ajax vs Tottenham Hotspur – UEFA Champions League – Semi-Final – Second-Leg. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

Dutch stopper de Ligt has emerged as Europe’s most highly-sought after youngster, on the back of a stunning season.

Along with sealing a domestic double, the 19-year-old, already Ajax’s captain and a regular for the Netherlands at international level, led the Amsterdam outfit to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

De Ligt’s combination of physique, athleticism, aggression, reading of the game and ability with the ball come together to form the package of a complete, modern centre-half.

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Barcelona favourites

As such, it has come as little surprise to see the prodigious teen added to the respective wish-lists of a whole host of football’s heavyweights.

The likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been named as keen suitors of de Ligt.

La Liga champions Barca, though, have long-been viewed as favourites to actually clinch a deal for the Dutchman.

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‘I have several options’

But, on the back of reports stemming from Germany earlier today, suggesting that Liverpool had emerged as the new front-runners for football’s most sought-after starlet, de Ligt himself has since once again confirmed that he is yet to make a decision on his future.

Speaking in an interview with Dutch outlet RTL4, the Ajax skipper reaffirmed that he has ‘several options’ on the table.

Crucially, though, de Ligt also added that one of these options stands out as ‘better than the others’:

‘Right now I have several options and I want to choose the best one.’

‘I’m very excited about what might happen in the near future, but I’m trying to stay calm.’

‘Obviously there’s an option that’s better than the others…’

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