Newly signed Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt has insisted that it was not Cristiano Ronaldo that convinced him to join the Serie A champions, saying that he had already decided to join them before chatting with the Portuguese captain.

Juventus ​confirmed the signing of De Ligt, bringing an end to a long transfer saga in which a number of top clubs were vying to sign the player following his incredible performances last season. 

It was suggested earlier in the transfer window that Ronaldo had ​influenced the Dutchman to join Juventus when they met during the Nations League final.

However, De Ligt has put a rest to that report, saying that it was always his ambition to join the Bianconeri and Ronaldo’s invitation to join the team was just a compliment.

“After the Nations League final I was already sure that I wanted to join Juventus, but it was still a big compliment to have Cristiano ask me to join here but it didn't make the difference,” De Ligt said, according to Goal.

“I came here because Italy is one of the most traditional countries for defenders. Juventus is a great forwards step for me.

“The photo of me in a Juventus shirt was taken when I was about six or seven, at that time Fabio Cannavaro was a defender that I admired. I always had a good feeling about Juventus and I've always been a fan.”

Matthijs de Ligt had a great season with Ajax but expectations will be high following his move to Juventus, especially with the Italian club focused on winning the ​Champions League title for the first time in 23 years.