Has De Ligt mentally checked out amid Chelsea and Barcelona links?

by | Jan 9, 2022 21:41

Matthijs De Ligt had an evening to forget in Juventus’ thrilling 4-3 comeback win over Roma, giving away a penalty that could have been costly.

The 22-year-old Dutch centre back was also sent off for the incident, when his hand blocked a shot in the 80th minute of the match against the Giallorossi this evening. It was 4-3 to the Bianconeri at the time, and De Ligt’s mistake could have caused the Turin side to drop two points at the Stadio Olimpico.

Recent reports suggest that both Barcelona and Chelsea are incredibly keen to sign the 22-year-old De Ligt, who is contracted to Juventus until 2024. His agent Mino Raiola also hinted that the player may be ready for a breath of fresh air, saying recently that it was time for ‘a new step’ in his career.

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De Ligt had a poor performance against Roma and the red card was emblematic of his forgettable match. Although he won’t leave the club in this transfer window, a possible departure in the summer is now becoming more and more likely, and it’s possible that this is on his mind.

Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are both currently out on the sidelines, meaning that Massimiliano Allegri will be pointing to the Dutchman in a crucial stage of the season. The former Ajax man cannot afford to be distracted by his future, and instead must be fully focused as the race for a top four spot enters the decisive stages.


  1. dra

    I wouldn’t say that he had a bad match. Aside for the handball he was decent enough…he looked pretty comfortable on the ball, starting plays from deep etc.

  2. Dennis

    What utter rubbish to suggest that he had a bad game. He shouldn’t even have been sent off as the handball was not deliberate.

    To get a second yellow for that after viewing on VAR was just absurd.

    Roma though are so weak mentally and have a quite a few bang average players.

  3. Chris

    Ball blasted at him from 5 yards, What chance did he have?

  4. FC

    The Juventus 1st goal was started by him on the right touchline with a nice little move to get by his man. I also wouldn’t say he had a bad game. I thought he was very engaged and the hand ball shouldn’t have even been a second yellow.

  5. jay kiely

    What utter rubbish,another article from someone who doesn’t understand football

  6. Juve Fan

    De Ligt played well in this game. Whoever has written this article has not watched the game or does not understand. That second yellow was unfortunate but it was from a very short distance and not deliberate.
    Poor journalism

  7. GIo

    He had a perfectly good game today. Solid, actually. The handball incident was simply unfortunate, as these things can happen.

  8. frankie

    I can’t believe he was a rated a 4 by some. All the comments made above are spot on – he did not have a bad game and he did not deserve a second yellow for the handball.

  9. Feroli

    he played absolutely fine. The yellow card was a yellow card but unlucky – it wasn’t deliberate handball or careless by De Ligt.
    One thing is fairly certain; the agent is no doubt agitating in the background.

  10. frankie

    Feroli, if you think it wasn’t deliberate handball why are you saying it should be a yellow?

  11. Louch

    First bad match I can remember since his first month with the team. Shockingly bad how dare he check out. What a stupid premise.

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