Sunday November 17 2019
De Ligt: 'De Vrij advises me'

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt revealed “the media are trying to make us rivals, but I get advice” from Inter’s Stefan de Vrij.

The Dutch internationals will be going to Euro 2020 next summer and De Ligt shrugged off questions about the Scudetto race.

“The clubs are rivals, but we are not,” he told De Telegraaf.

“We work for the same thing on international duty, which is to do as well as possible for the Netherlands. Obviously, we both want to play, but at the same time we also care for each other and hope whoever does play has a good game.

“It’s the media that are trying to make us rivals or create arguments, but that is not the case with Stefan. There’s only an hour separating Turin from Milan, so recently we had a bite to eat after a game.

“It’s nice to speak Dutch and we also give each other advice. Stefan helps me in so many ways and it’s wonderful to have that kind of support if you are new to a country. He is accustomed to Italy, but I just arrived.”

De Vrij has been in Serie A since 2014 with Lazio, moving to Inter as a free agent in the summer of 2018.

Of course, they won’t hold back when Inter and Juventus do come face-to-face for the Serie A title.

“The battle with Inter is certainly exciting. We both want to win as many games as possible.”

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