Matthijs de Ligt explains Bayern Munich choice

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Bayern Munich is on fire. This summer, residents of the Allianz Arena have already recruited Noussair Mazraoui, Ryan Gravenberch and Sadio Mané. Yesterday, the Germans formalized the arrival of Matthijs de Ligt until June 2027. To dislodge him from Juventus, the Bavarians broke their piggy bank since they paid “the sum of 67 million euros, payable over four years, which may be increased during the term of the player’s contract, for a sum up to 10 million euros (in bonus)”, said the Old Lady. De Ligt, who will wear number 4, joined his new teammates on a summer tour in Washington last night. Before that, the 22-year-old gave his first impressions during an interview with Picture.

As for Sadio Mané, the German media had an exclusive interview with the Dutchman, even before he spoke on the club’s media or at a press conference. Asked about his arrival in Munich, the defender said: “I have always followed Bayern Munich closely because it is an interesting and successful club. Former Bayern Dutch players like Arjen Robben and Mark van Bommel have always praised this club to me. Everyone assured me what an amazing club Bayern are. Moreover, I always feel connected to the German mentality: to work hard, to be disciplined and to have the right mentality. I felt that between Bayern and me, it would go very well..

De Ligt only wanted to play at Bayern Munich

The Dutch international could also have joined the Bavarians in 2019 after his good season with Ajax Amsterdam. “Three years ago there were actually a lot of discussions, also with other clubs. I ended up going to Juventus and I’m grateful to have taken that step at this point. But for some time there have been repeated conversations between Mino Raiola (his agent who died in April) and Hasan (Salihamidžić, Bayern sporting director), who kept asking me questions. The relationship between Bayern and me has always existed.. After a first missed meeting, De Ligt and the Munich residents have finally united. Still, other clubs, including Chelsea, have tried their luck with the player this summer.

“I was very impressed that the whole management of Bayern gave me the feeling from the start that the club really wanted me. It was a perfect match. Julian Nagelsmann is also a coach who has proven that he knows how to develop young players. And I still see myself as a young player who wants to improve. Football comes first in my decision. I also saw the city during my short stay in Munich and it gives me the certainty that I will also feel very comfortable off the pitch here”. For all these reasons, Matthijs de Ligt has given priority to the Germans. Moreover, his former coach, Louis van Gaal, advised him when making his choice.

Louis van Gaal advised him

“I discussed my future with Louis van Gaal this summer. Of course, I asked him about Bayern. He had only good words about this club, praised the philosophy and said to me: “if you go to Bayern, you will love it””. Enough to convince a footballer whose style fits perfectly with that of Bayern. “It’s true that Juve’s style is more defensive. But Bayern’s attacking style of play suits me perfectly and was actually the main reason for my decision to join Munich. Bayern play technically forward-oriented football with extreme pressing. It matches my strengths and my vision of the game.” The natural leadership qualities of the native of Leiderdorp are also appreciated within the German club.

“It’s always difficult to talk about yourself as a leader. Something like that develops within a team and on the pitch. At Ajax, our coach at the time told me that I was a good role model and someone who embodies the club. It was also a development process at Juventus. You need to perform well, so your teammates will automatically listen to you. I play my game and the rest follows.. In Munich, he will also find old acquaintances. “I played with Mazraoui at Ajax, and Gravenberch trained with us as a young player. Gravenberch and I also saw each other again with the national team. It’s really nice to go to a new club and already know a few players. That’s another big plus. I can’t wait to get to know the other Bayern players.”. Together, they hope to continue to dominate German football and win the Champions League. For this, the club will have to find Robert Lewandowski’s replacement. Which would be the icing on the cake for Bayern Munich’s crazy transfer window.

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