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Heard a lot of good stories about Maurizio Sarri, says Juventus new signing Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Jul 19, 2019, 05.54 PM (IST)

Juventus new signing Matthijs de Ligt met fans and addressed media at his official unveiling on Friday. While speaking to media, de Ligt said he had "heard a lot of good stories" about Juve's new manager Maurizio Sarri.

"I spoke to him (Sarri) on the phone, really short. Just getting to know each other and nothing more," de Ligt told reporters in his first news conference as a Juve player.

"And he is one of the reasons why I wanted to come to Juventus, because I heard a lot of good stories about him, the way he plays, the philosophy he has, the attacking football, defending lines. How he prepared them. So, obviously, that was a big reason to come here," he added.

De Ligt, who captained Ajax squad that reached the Champions League semi-finals last season, joined Juventus from Ajax for $84 million. 

The move has made the Dutch international centre-back one of the most expensive defenders in the world.

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During the presser, the 19-year-old seemed excited about making a name for himself in Serie A. 

"It is the country that loves defending the most in the world. If you talk about Italian players, for me the most common names that come up are the defenders," he said. 

Serie A champions Juventus appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new coach in June in their bid to win the European silverware.

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De Ligt, who captained Ajax squad that reached the Champions League semi-finals last season, joined Juventus from Ajax for $84 million