Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt will thrive at Barcelona, according to former Netherlands defender Jaap Stam.
The teenager is the captain of the young team as they have won two trophies this season, while reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Reports have it that he will exit the Holland club at the end of the season with several huge clubs waiting to have his signature.
Jaap Stam though, believes Barcelona is where he should go.
His words, “It’s important that he’ll get playing time,”
“If you look at the squads: Barcelona, after losing to Liverpool, probably wants to strengthen their squad, especially in defence, if you ask me. The question is how they are going to solve that problem.
“I think that Matthijs de Ligt would be a good fit though. It will be great to see how he performs against better players in a better league, not just every few weeks, but every weekend.
“Same goes for Liverpool. We all know who is their biggest defensive star – his Dutch colleague [Virgil van Dijk] – the other players, [Dejan] Lovren and [Joel] Matip, rotate quite a lot.
“The big question is if he’ll immediately play all matches. I think he has enough quality to do so. In those big leagues it’s normal to have to deal with rotation, especially at the start you will probably start on the bench a bit more often.
“After that, you have to get used to the level and the quality of your opponents. I think the people around him, and Matthijs himself, are smart enough to pick the option with the most playing time. In that case, money won’t make a difference.”