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De Ligt to Juve: Ajax video celebrates outgoing captain

SoccerNews in Eredivisie 18 Jul 2019

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Ajax have bid a warm goodbye to their homegrown Golden Boy winner with a lengthy social media video celebrating Matthijs de Ligt’s contribution to the club.

Netherlands defender De Ligt, 19, completed a long-awaited move to Juventus on Tuesday for a fee rising to €85.5million.

The centre-back has signed a five-year contract with the Serie A champions, sealing his departure from Amsterdam after a stunningly successful rise to prominence.

De Ligt, then 17, contested the Europa League final in his inaugural season as a first-team member and went on to become club captain, full international and Eredivisie champion.

He made 77 top-flight appearances for the Dutch club in total and was the inspirational figure behind last season’s remarkable run to the Champions League semi-finals.

In 2018, De Ligt was named the first defender to win the Golden Boy award, conferred upon the best player in Europe aged under 21.

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