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Bayern Munich star linked with Manchester United

He has since regained his place in the Bayern side, starting nine of the last 11 league games.

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Bayern Munich defender Matthijs De Ligt has been repeatedly linked with Manchester United, especially considering his relationship with Erik ten Hag, whom he captained Ajax for.

The Dutch defender has finally spoken on his future with The Bavarians.

“Where to go? On holiday?. But no, I don’t think so. I hope for us and for Bayern that we’ll both stay [he and Musiala]. That’s what I’m assuming, too.” he told Bavarian Football Works.

The Netherlands international has struggled for game time at times this season and was linked with a possible move to Old Trafford during the January transfer window.

United are expected to target a centre-back in the summer after unexpectedly relying on the experienced Jonny Evans for large parts of the campaign.

The Dutch central defender has struggled with injuries this season, fighting and playing himself to full fitness.

The 24-year-old started only 2 of Bayern’s first 15 league games, working himself to full fitness, which sparked the links to United.

His reservations to playing in a back 5, which is part and parcel of Bayern manager Thomas Tuchel’s philosophy also contributed to the uncertainty over his future.

He has since regained his place in the Bayern side, starting nine of the last 11 league games.

That could be a possible blow to United’s transfer plans ahead of the summer window. It remains to be seen how De Ligt will be viewed by Thomas Tuchel’s successor at Bayern Munich, though his contract is scheduled to run until 2027, meaning United would be required to pay a hefty fee for his services.

As for De Ligt, his immediate focus is reclaiming his place in the Netherlands side after an injury-hit campaign.

He will be looking to put together solid displays for Ons Oranje as he seeks to convince manager Ronald Koeman to include him in his plans for the upcoming Euros in the summer.

 

 

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