Matthijs de Ligt responds to claim Manchester United rejected him due to weight fears
Matthijs de Ligt has responded to a report that claimed Manchester United passed up the opportunity to sign him due to fears over his weight.
It was claimed that United steered clear of De Ligt earlier in his career after Marcel Bout, a scout appointed by Louis van Gaal, predicted De Ligt would gain weight and lose his pace and power in the future due to his father’s weight problems.
De Ligt, who completed his move to Juventus last week, didn’t buy the story.
“Every day, there was something new,” he told Voetbal International of the incessant speculation surrounding his future earlier this summer.
“Suddenly, even my father was too fat and that’s why one of the clubs wouldn’t want me. That makes you go, ‘Come on, man…'”
De Ligt also rejected the suggestion that he turned down a move to Paris Saint-Germain because the French champions refused to make him their highest-paid player.
“Money played no role at all in my choice for a new club,” he said. “Everyone who knows me, knows that. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I will respect that, but some people were saying things like that (the PSG story) very easily.”
De Ligt is represented by Mino Raiola and the teenager had some kind words to say about the 51-year-old, who Sir Alex Ferguson once described as a ‘s*** bag’.
“He (Raiola) has a lot of experience,” De Ligt added. “I think there may be a certain negative image of him in Holland, but I certainly don’t experience it that way.
“I think if you ask all of his players if Mino does a good job for them, everyone would say yes. That’s the most important thing. It’s not about what other people say about him, it’s about what he can do for me.”