Following reports the Dutch defender de Ligt was very close to joining PSG, his agent revealed it all “fake news”.
Mino Raiola has dismissed any claims of him having been in France to finalise the deal for the Ajax defender to PSG.
De Ligt, 19, has been linked with a move to PSG or Barcelona, with Manchester United and Liverpool also reported to be interested in the Ajax captain.
Raiola told ANSA: “This is a classic example of fake news.”
Mino Raiola has rubbished claims that he was in Paris to sort out a contract with PSG for Matthijs de Ligt.
He has claimed it as "Fake news"
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— Oddschanger (@Oddschanger) June 13, 2019
De Ligt is set to leave Ajax in the close season after an impressive campaign during which he helped the Dutch giants win the Eredivisie and reach the Champions League semi-finals.
And the defender said on Tuesday that he wasn’t ready to make any decisions and was planning on taking his time.
“I still do not know what my heart says, I have been concentrated all the time on Ajax and the national team,” he told Mundo Deportivo.
“Now, on my holidays, I will be able to think about it and decide what I am going to do with my future.
“For me, the most important thing is to know that in the team where I go I can have prominence and play many games. I do not know when I’ll have it resolved, but I’m going to take my time.”
Ronald de Boer on De Ligt: "He's a player who can play for any team. For me it would be better to see him playing at Barca. He started at Ajax as a 10-year-old and he has a philosophy and a way of playing which is very close to that of Barcelona."
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— Goal (@goal) June 13, 2019
Meanwhile, Raiola, who is also the agent for the likes of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has had his worldwide ban temporarily delayed until the outcome of the “urgent” appeal lodged on Wednesday.
A CAS statement read: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an urgent appeal filed by the football intermediary, Carmine ‘Mino’ Raiola, against the decision taken by the FIFA Appeal Committee on May 28, 2019 (the challenged decision) which confirmed a previous decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.
“In such decision, a three-month period of suspension from performing the role of a sports agent in Italy which was imposed on Mino Raiola by the Intermediaries Committee of the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) was extended by FIFA to become a worldwide ban.
“Prior to the filing of his appeal, Mino Raiola also filed an urgent application to stay the execution of the challenged decision.
— Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) May 9, 2019
“On June 7, 2019, the president of the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division upheld the application. Accordingly, the worldwide extension of the suspension of Mino Raiola is stayed pending the outcome of the CAS proceedings.
“However, the suspension imposed by the FIGC in Italy is not affected by the CAS decision.
“Further to the parties’ agreement, CAS will conduct an expedited procedure with a shortened procedural calendar in order to allow for a final decision to be rendered at the beginning of July 2019.”