‘Easy to talk’ – Juventus CEO opens up on rumours about Spurs-linked Matthijs de Ligt

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Juventus CEO Maurizio Arrivabene has hinted that rumoured Tottenham target Matthijs de Ligt could be more attached to his agent than he is to his club.

De Ligt has been a key feature of the Juve backline since his move from Ajax in the summer of 2019 but the centre-back’s future at Turin has been called into question over recent weeks.

It was reported at the start of this month that the Netherlands international is one of the players Spurs have their eye on as Antonio Conte seeks to strengthen his backline.

The report suggested that Spurs were leading the race for the 22-year-old and that the Old Lady would be open to cashing in on him next month.

De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola said this week that his client wants a new challenge away from Juve and suggested that he is set to leave at the end of the current season.

Arrivabene has now responded to Raialo’s statement and questioned De Ligt’s commitment to Juventus. 

When asked about the centre-back, the Old Lady’s chief told CalcioMercato: “It’s easy to talk about attachment to the shirt, but it’s more difficult to prove it. 

“Some are more attached to their agent than to the shirt. We have excellent relations with our players.”

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These comments from Arrivabene are indicative of worsening relations between Juve and De Ligt’s representatives. That can only be good for Spurs and the other clubs interested in pricing the Dutchman away from Turin. 

However, I have my doubts over whether Tottenham would be able to afford De Ligt as Juventus are likely to demand top-dollar for him, given that his current deal still has two and half years left to run.

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