Demand De Ligt still to decide on future

Cristiano Ronaldo Matthijs de Ligt

Cristiano Ronaldo told Matthijs de Ligt to sign for Juventus

But a source said the club would re-establish contact with Raiola this week because they are aware that PSG are best placed to sign the Netherlands global.

De Ligt managed to keep Old Trafford legend Ronaldo quiet throughout the game, with Goncalo Guedes scoring the only goal with a blistering 60th-minute shot to win the inaugural Nations League.

Juventus showed they were not above a little bit of ambush marketing as their star striker Cristiano Ronaldo urged De Ligt to make the move to Turin, immediately after Portugal won the Nations League.

Ronaldo was caught on camera approaching De Ligt after the final whistle and the two even engaged in small laugh between themselves.

"At the end of the match, Cristiano told me: 'Join me at Juventus".

Asked if De Ligt will move, Van De Beek added: 'A lot of clubs want to buy him, I think so because he is a good player and now he has to choose for himself, where he feels good, he has to go there'.

"What I answered? I didn't understand him at first. You are disappointed that you have lost and that is the only thing you are thinking about".

Asked how he reflected on the campaign, De Ligt told Press Association Sport: "I think it was a hard end to a memorable season". But despite confirming Ronaldo's talk to him, the defender refused to get drawn into speculation and said that he will rethink before making his final decision.

"I'm going on holidays now".

Whether he stays or goes, Van de Beek knows an emerging side such as Ajax being pulled apart by more powerful clubs is simply a reality of the modern game. "That's the main issue".

The saga has parallels with their move for De Jong in January. "Of course I would like him to come to Barcelona but we will see what happens".

Portugal captain Ronaldo was seen having a word with the £60million-rated young Holland centre-back following the 1-0 win. After apparently missing out on the midfielder, president Josep Maria Bartomeu flew to Amsterdam to tell him in no uncertain terms how much the five-time European champions wanted him.

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