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De Ligt hails Juve influences

31st August 2019, 13:23 by Jack Ogalbe

Matthijs de Ligt says the big names around him at Juventus are the "perfect teachers" as he continues his development.

The Dutchman joined the Turin giants from Ajax over the summer and having captained his boyhood club, could find himself struggling for a regular place with the Bianconeri.

The likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele Rugani and fellow youngster Merih Demiral are all in contention for a central defensive spot, although Juve will be without captain Giorgio Chiellini until the new year due to an ACL injury.

After missing out against Parma, De Ligt will hope to get the nod in Saturday’s visit of Napoli and even if he does fail to earn a regular place, the 20-year-old believes the positive examples around him back Turin the perfect place for him to grow both on and off the field.

“Ronaldo and the other big stars here are perfect teachers,” he said. “They show me how much I can improve if I take care of my body and release that potential.

“It is extraordinary the madness he has to deal with, it’s 1,000 times more than what I experience.

“Despite all that, Ronaldo takes time for his fans and that too is an important lesson for me. Sometimes you think, ‘not now,’ but it’s really such a small effort and can give people such pleasure. We owe them a great deal.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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