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De Ligt departure would be ‘great loss’ to Juventus, says Barzagli

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Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich are said to be interested in Matthijs de Ligt, who reportedly wants to leave Juventus.

Matthijs de Ligt leaving Juventus would be a “great loss” for Massimiliano Allegri’s side, according to former Bianconeri defender Andrea Barzagli.

Barzagli formed a formidable centre-back trio with Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci during his time in Turin.

With the latter pair still playing for Juve when De Ligt arrived for €85.5million from Ajax in 2019.

The Netherlands international has fallen short of expectations during his first three years.

This led to transfer speculation, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich interested.

De Ligt played more minutes (2,675) than any other Juve outfield player in the 2021-22 Serie A season as Allegri’s side finished fourth after a poor start to the campaign.

While questions remain over the leadership qualities of De Ligt, who Juve chief executive Maurizio Arrivabene says wants to leave.

The Allianz Stadium would miss the centre-back, according to Barzagli.

Barzagli told Tuttosport:

“Matthijs did not show his maximum potential despite last year’s excellent championship.

“He began to take responsibility for leading the defence and the team.

“De Ligt arrives at Juventus when he was young, with the pressure of being paid a lot.

“With two great defenders in front of him, like Chiellini and Bonucci.

“With that kind of pay, it’s not easy, and expectations exist.

“It is difficult to find continuity and have the right confidence with two monsters like that in front.

“If he were to leave, it would be a great loss for Juventus and also for the Italian championship.”

De Ligt has been a somewhat underwhelming transfer for Juventus.

As he is not able to replace Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci successfully.

However, De Ligt should spend one more season at Juventus to improve his game and fitness.

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