‘At Ajax, I felt invincible, today it’s different’: Matthijs de Ligt admits to struggling after £75m Juventus move
- Matthijs de Ligt hasn’t had the smoothest of starts to life at Juventus
- De Ligt moved from Ajax to the Italian champions for £75million in the summer
- But he has struggled to break into the team on a consistent basis so far
Matthijs de Light has admitted he doesn’t feel ‘invincible’ at Juventus as he did when playing for Ajax.
De Ligt’s £75million move from Holland to Juventus was one of the biggest transfers of the summer.
The 20-year-old was plucked from Ajax after a stellar campaign, but he has struggled to make his mark having made just seven starts combined in Serie A and the Champions League.
Matthijs de Ligt moved from Ajax to Juventus in the summer in a mega deal worth £75million
De Ligt admits he has struggled to find form early on but is beginning to improve in Serie A
Although he admits he hasn’t had the best start, De Ligt knows he is on the right path.
DE LIGT JUVE STATS
Serie A appearances: 5
Minutes played: 450
Champions League apps: 2
Minutes played: 180
‘At Ajax, I felt invincible, today it’s different,’ he told Fox Sports. ‘But I think it’s normal because everything is new for me. I’m progressing and I’m not worried.’
He received criticism particularly after his start for Juventus against Napoli. Juventus won 4-3 but the central defender, who had come in for the injured Giorgio Chiellini, was judged to have been at fault or made a mistake for all three of Napoli’s goals.
The 20-year-old was criticised after his performance in a 4-3 Serie A win over Napoli
De Ligt is keen to move on even if he doesn’t know himself why mistakes have happened.
He added: ‘I don’t know myself why I’m not playing as well as I’d like. All I can do is continue to work, to do my best and to try to learn from my team-mates.
‘I play and that’s the main thing because, in the end, I’m sure that everything will go well and this season will be positive.’