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Matthijs de Ligt 'unhappy' at Juventus amid Barcelona & Chelsea interest

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
De Ligt has missed several Juventus games this season
De Ligt has missed several Juventus games this season / Soccrates Images/GettyImages
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Matthijs de Ligt is not happy with his current role at Juventus, amid interest from Barcelona and Chelsea.

De Ligt has not pushed on as much as he was expected to since arriving in Turin from Ajax back in 2019. Injuries and spells out of the team due to the form of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini have led to him missing extended periods for Juve.

According to Calcio Mercato, the Dutchman is not satisfied with his position at the club and the recent arrival of new manager Massimiliano Allegri has done little to quell his unrest.

De Ligt's agent, Mino Raiola, is already sounding out possible destination for his client in the near future. One club in the running are Barcelona, who are eager to replace the long-serving Gerard Pique in their backline.

Barça were among the favourites to sign De Ligt back in 2019 but they were eventually outmanoeuvred by Juventus. The player is now understood to regret his decision and could be open to a move to the Camp Nou - where he would be a guaranteed starter.

Raiola has also spoken with Chelsea, who could have defensive issues of their own. Uncertainty remains over Antonio Rudiger's contract and Thiago Silva is likely to leave at the end of the season. Andreas Christensen, whose deal also expires in the summer, is close to penning fresh terms, though.

De Ligt has a €150m release clause in his contract that becomes active in 2022 and although that is likely too much for either club to pay in the current market, Juve may still be open to a summer sale.

They spent €75m securing his services and will be eager to recoup some of that if he remains unhappy at the club.

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