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OFFICIAL: Netherlands Defender De Ligt Joins Bayern On Five-Year Deal

OFFICIAL: Netherlands Defender De Ligt Joins Bayern On Five-Year Deal

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have signed Netherlands international Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus on a five-year contract.

The Bavarians made the announcement on their website on Tuesday.

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“Bayern have signed defender Matthijs de Ligt from Italian record champions Juventus. The 22-year-old Dutch international has agreed a contract until 30 June 2027.”

Speaking after joining Bayern, De Ligt said: “I’m very happy to become a player for this great club. FC Bayern are the most successful club in Germany, one of the most successful clubs in Europe and in the world. I felt the genuine appreciation from the sporting management, the coach and the board right from the start, which convinced me. On top of that, FC Bayern is a brilliantly run club with big aims. I’m very glad that I’m now becoming part of the FC Bayern story.”

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And according to legendary German keeper and Bayern CEO, Oliver Kahn: “Matthijs de Ligt has impressed at the highest international level, not just with his technical qualities but also as a character who leads in all his teams. At his young age he’s already learned about taking responsibility. A strong team doesn’t just require a strong attack, and with this signing we’re really raising our defence to the top level.”

De Ligt joined the Ajax academy at the age of nine and made his professional debut for the Dutch record champions in 2016 at the age of 17, scoring his first goal in the same game.

He is the youngest captain in Ajax’s history to date and the youngest debutant for the Dutch national team since 1945.

In 2019, after a total of 117 competitive appearances (13 goals), he celebrated the double of the league and cup with Ajax before joining Juventus in Serie A.

He lifted one league title, one cup and one Italian Super Cup with Juve. He moves to Bayern after 117 appearances and eight goals in all competitions.

And at international level, De Ligt has 38 senior caps for the Netherlands and two goals.

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