OFFICIAL: Matthijs de Ligt joins Bayern Munich
Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich have announced the signing of Netherlands centre-back Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus in a bid to further fortify their defense.
The 22-year-old joins for a five-year contract at the Allianz Arena and becomes the latest big name arrival in Bavaria this summer after the club captured Senegal superstar Sadio Mane.
De Ligt made his breakthrough at Ajax aged just 17, emerging from the club's famed academy as one of their brightest ever prospects before making over 100 first team appearances for the Amsterdam outfit and becoming the first defender in history to win Europe's Golden Boy award in 2018.
"I am very happy to become a player of this great club. Bayern is the most successful club in Germany, one of the most successful clubs in Europe and also in the world," a delighted de Ligt said of his signing.
"Right from the start, I felt honest appreciation from the sporting management, the coach, and also the board of directors, and that convinced me. In addition, Bayern is an outstandingly managed club with great goals. I am very happy that I will now be part of Bayern's history."
De Ligt will join his teammates in the USA for pre-season tour that includes friendlies against DC United (20 July) and Manchester City (23 July).
“We wanted to bring Matthijs to Munich three years ago. We were convinced of his qualities as a defender then, and we are even more so today," added sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.
"With his professionalism, his desire and his wonderful character, Matthijs fits our team as well as our ambitions. He will play an important role at Bayern on and off the pitch. He was already a leading player at Ajax as a youngster, and he is still capable of development at the high level he is at, at the age of 22.”