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Some Manchester United Fans Got 'De Ligt 5' On The Back Of Their Shirts

Some Manchester United fans have been made to look a bit daft after seeing Matthijs de Ligt join Juventus instead of their team.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were heavily linked with a move for the 19-year-old, as were Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, but the Bianconeri stole a march on everyone else and snapped him up in a £67.5 million move today.

And it's made things a little awkward for a couple of United supporters who got a bit too excited when the De Ligt links came about.

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They went ahead and got his name printed on the back of their jerseys, along with the No.5. I'm sure you'll agree they look a bit stupid now.

After he had his medical yesterday, the Dutchman penned a five-year contract today in what promises to be an incredibly lucrative financial package for De Ligt.

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Thanks to master negotiator Mino Raiola, the former Ajax captain will earn a basic salary of £14.5 million in Turin but it could rise to a whopping £21.7 million per season (£416,000-a-week) should performance-related add-ons be met.

Juventus could end up forking out £176.2 million overall in fees and wages but given his age and potential, it could well be a worthwhile investment.

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Image: PA

The 2018 Golden Boy will have the chance to learn from the likes of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini and pick up that Italian style he's always enjoyed.

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"I've always been fascinated by the Italian art of defending," De Ligt told Ajax TV, via Football Italia.

"Many of the players I look up to are Italian: Maldini, Baresi, Nesta, Cannavaro, Scirea... I could go on. I fell in love with how Italian clubs defend."

It seems as though the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo was a key factor in the Dutch defender's decision to go to Juventus.

When De Ligt was a kid, his first ever football shirt had Ronaldo on the back and he would regularly imitate the Portuguese star in his back garden.

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"During the season, at the club and during competitions, you don't really have the time to review everything as a player," he told Dutch magazine VI last month.

"But sometimes there are times when I realise that it is not normal. Like recently, when I had dinner with some childhood friends.

"We came to the conclusion that I always wanted to be Cristiano Ronaldo when we were playing football in the garden. That was especially in his time when he played at Manchester United.

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"My first football shirt also belonged to him from that time. That dinner was just after the meetings with Juventus, in which I had to fight duels with the same Ronaldo."

Topics: Football News, Matthijs de Ligt, Football, Manchester United, Serie A, Ajax, Netherlands, Juventus, Man United, Italy

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