Mathijs de Ligt tipped to join Barcelona

Willem II player Pol Llonch has admitted Matthijs de Ligt told him he ‘hopes’ to go to Barcelona.

The 26-year-old Spaniard, however, is unsure as to whether the Dutch starlet would play ahead of the likes of Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti in central defence.

Wilhem II and Ajax will contest the KNVB Cup in May, but that didn’t stop Llonch from enquiring about De Ligt’s potential summer moves.

He continued: “To De Ligt, I asked him directly if he would end up signing for Barça and he told me that he hoped so, but that he didn’t know anything at the moment. He said: ‘I hope so.’ I didn’t speak with De Jong.”

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag has admitted he believes his young defender De Ligt will leave Ajax in the summer, though unlike Llonch, he has no idea where to exactly.

“The chance that De Ligt will stay here is zero,” Ten Hag told Suddeutsche Zeitung.

“There are so many teams that have an enormous interest in him. He will leave in the summer, but I don’t know if it will be Bayern Munich or FC Barcelona.

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