Former Ajax boss Peter Bosz believes that youngster Matthijs De Ligt should sign for Manchester City.

The Dutch centre-back is being linked with a move to Barcelona or Manchester United this summer.

But Bosz believes that City is the ideal destination for the teenager as he looks to make the next step in his career.

“Normally I would say to a 19-year-old boy who has had two years of professional football: Patience, it will come, take two more years of experience with Ajax,” Bosz told VI.

“In the Eredivisie, in the Champions League. Only, I think Matthijs is the exception that confirms the rule. That he is already ready for that step. But what is the best step? In my eyes the club where you can play.

“If I were Manchester City, I would get him immediately.

“Vincent Kompany is leaving and I don’t think Nicolas Otamendi is good enough. It would fit perfectly with Laporte. He will play even better with Matthijs next to him, I am convinced of that.

“I also hear Barcelona everywhere, but there you have to deal with Gerard Pique.

“That would mean, if Samuel Umtiti did indeed leave, that he had to come play centrally in the left. That doesn’t have to be a problem, because I think Matthijs can play the left as well as the right in the centre as easily.”

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