Matthijs de Ligt has hinted he is close to making a final decision over his future and says one option ‘is better’ than the rest as he continues to be linked with Manchester United and Barcelona.
De Ligt enjoyed a sensational season for Ajax, captaining the Dutch club to the Eredivisie title and the KNVB Cup at the age of just 19.
He also produced a number of impressive performances in Europe to help Ajax reach the Champions League semi-finals, where they were beaten to eventual runners-up Tottenham.
De Ligt is rated as one of the best young players in the world and both Manchester United and Barcelona have expressed interest in securing his signature this summer.
The teenager says he is ‘very excited’ about what could happen in the coming weeks but suggested that staying at Ajax for at least one more season could be the ‘logical option’.
‘I am very excited about what could happen in the near future,’ he told RTL4. ‘I am also trying to stay calm, though.
‘I view this as a challenge — that is the most important thing. There are several options and I really want to pick the best one. Logically, one option is better than another.
‘Life abroad could be difficult, but I am still an ordinary Dutch guy — I am no different to the others. Perhaps living abroad will be more intense for me.’
Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, meanwhile, has urged De Ligt to sign for Premier League champions Manchester City rather than Barcelona.
‘He could play at Barcelona, but he could play for Manchester City also, and in that case I would choose Pep Guardiola over Lionel Messi,’ Van Gaal told Fox Sports.
Current Red Devils boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is desperate to bolster his squad at Old Trafford after a season in which United finished sixth.
As well as monitoring De Ligt, the Premier League giants are also being linked with summer moves for Philippe Coutinho, Adrien Rabiot and Thomas Meunier.