The youngster attracted the attention of Europe's finest outfits after guiding Ajax to a Champions League semi-final and the Eredivisie title last season.
Speaking to VI, De Ligt said: “Money played no role at all in my choice for a new club, everyone who knows me, knows that.
"Money has never been ‘leading’. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I will respect that, but some people were saying things like that very easily."
Manchester United were offered the chance to sign the teenager back in 2018 but passed up on the opportunity because of concerns he would put on weight, a story that De Ligt has admitted left him confused.
He added: “Every day there was something new. Suddenly, even my father was too fat and that's why one of the clubs [United] didn't want me. That makes you go: ‘come on man’.”