'I Don't See De Ligt Doing Anything Maguire Can't Do,' Says Jermaine Jenas

Jermaine Jenas has made a bold claim after suggesting that he would choose Leicester City's Harry Maguire over Ajax's Matthijs de Ligt.

The 36-year-old pundit was speaking on BBC and he said that the 26-year-old England international was much better than the 19-year-old Ajax captain.

"He [de Ligt] is a top player," he said.

"He is clearly a player with a bright future ahead of him and is only nineteen years old. But I think Harry Maguire is a better player right now.

"If I were in charge of Manchester City, I would take Maguire over de Ligt.

"I don't see de Ligt doing anything Maguire can't do. The only difference is the age."

Maguire signed for the Foxes in 2017 and has made over 60 appearances for the club. The Leicester City centre-back has been linked with several Premier League teams this summer, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.

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Credit: PA

On the other hand, de Ligt has put Europe's biggest clubs on notice, from Barcelona to Liverpool, after a brilliant season with the Eredivisie side.

The Netherlands international has been instrumental in helping his side challenge for their domestic title this season and their progression to the semi-finals of the Champions League, scoring against both Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur.

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Credit: PA

While it seems most likely that de Ligt will exit Ajax in the summer and head to the Camp Nou -- following in the footsteps of fellow teammate Frenkie de Jong -- Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher said that he would "love" to see the highly rated centre-back play for the Reds.

"I have never seen such a good defender at 19 years old," he said.

"He plays as if he's 29 and at his peak already.

"You can only imagine how good he will be when he actually is 29."

De Ligt or Maguire?

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