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Mino Raiola reveals why Matthijs de Ligt snubbed Man United for Juventus move

Super-agent Mino Raiola says it was “important” for his client Matthijs de Ligt to play in Seria A, as the Dutch central defender closes in on his switch to Juventus.

The future of De Ligt has been one of the transfer stories of this summer window as Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain were all linked with his signature.

All three clubs appeared to be leading the race for the 19-year-old defender but in the end Matthijs De Ligt decided to move to Juventus in a deal expected to be worth around £67.5million.

And Raiola says that the challenge for a centre-back of playing in Italy was one of the reasons behind the move to Seria A.

“It’s not a question of who wanted him most, but Juve are the best team for him,” Raiola told reporters outside the J Medical Centre in Turin, as De Ligt underwent his medical tests ahead of the transfer.

“It’s important for a defender to come to Italy. He can learn to become the best in the world here.

“This step is necessary for his career. Certainly, he’s the best young defender. After that, he only needs a bit of time to show that he’s the best on a different level.

“In terms of work and mentality, he approaches and, indeed even surpasses, Nedved. He reminds me of Ibra for his ambition.

“It’s always good to play alongside great champions like Bonucci. As for whether Ronaldo told him to join Juve, you have to ask him. I don’t know.

“The decision to join Juve was a considered one. It wasn’t made in just a day. It was a long process.”

Juventus is expected to make an official announcement on the signing of De Ligt today.

Pogba’s former team Juventus have also been linked with a move for the France international, but Raiola refused to give anything away.

When asked whether Pogba would be leaving Old Trafford, he said: “I live one day at a time, we’ll see what happens. I’m here today, I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow.”

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