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Van der Sar says Man Utd and Barcelona target De Ligt will move to England or Spain

10:41 AM GMT+8 09/05/2019
Matthijs de Ligt Ajax Champions League 2019
Ajax CEO has tipped the club's star prospect to move to either the Premier League or La Liga as European giants circle the defender

Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt will move to the Premier League or La Liga, according to director Edwin van der Sar.

De Ligt has become one of Europe's most sought-after players amid Ajax's fairytale run in the Champions League, which dramatically ended in the semi-finals at the hands of Tottenham.

The 19-year-old centre-back has been linked with Barcelona – who will sign team-mate Frenkie de Jong at the end of the season – Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Juventus.

Van der Sar dismissed a transfer to Serie A champions Juventus as he talked up England and Spain prior to Ajax's stunning 3-2 loss on Wednesday, which eliminated the Dutch giants 3-3 on away goals.

"I think these will be De Ligt's final games with Ajax, but I hope he goes out on a high," Van der Sar told Sky Sport Italia.

"He's been here since he was a child and will end up at a big club."

On De Ligt – who scored the opening goal on the night in Amsterdam midweek before Lucas Moura's hat-trick sent Ajax packing – Van der Sar added: "I think he'll go to England or Spain."

The future of head coach Erik ten Hag has also been discussed amid reported interest from German champions Bayern Munich.

With the club's stunning run to the Champions League semi-final and a chance of winning the league still on the cards, the 49-year-old is likely to draw other looks as well as his star continues to rise. 

But Van der Sar says the club have no intention of letting their manager leave this summer. 

Asked about Ten Hag, Van der Sar said: "We intend to keep hold of Ten Hag, that is our intention.

"We know there will be a lot of changes within the squad, but we'd at least like to confirm the coaching staff."

Ten Hag's biggest challenge may be getting the club ready for action on Sunday following Wednesday's heartbreak, with Ajax facing Utrecht in a crunch league clash. 

The club will close their season against De Graafschap​ next Wednesday and are currently level at the top of the league with rivals PSV