Monday July 29 2019
Nedved: 'De Ligt deal a struggle'

Juventus director Pavel Nedved praised Maurizio Sarri for his “different” approach to Max Allegri and confessed signing Matthijs de Ligt was “a real struggle.”

The Bianconeri Vice-President spoke to Sky Sport Italia ahead of the draw for the 2019-20 Serie A season and was asked how new Coach Sarri is settling in.

“It’s a strong impact, but of course in the early days we can’t see his work yet. We’re happy, it is different work to the one that Max did, so we’re pleased.”

The big purchase of the summer has been De Ligt, who cost €75m plus bonuses from Ajax, beating competition from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.

“It was a real struggle, very tough. He’s young, already captain of Ajax and we made this choice for the present, but above all the future. There was a lot of tough competition, but we are happy that he chose us.

“All the big clubs are reinforcing, including in Italy, and I think it’ll be much more hard-fought for the Scudetto than in previous years.

“It’ll be a real battle in Europe too with so many clubs that can cause you problems, but Juventus will be ready.”

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