I will love to play for Man United – £50m Star has already dropped huge Man United transfer hint with shirt number revealed

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Recent reports have suggested that the Red Devils are seriously considering a move for the Dutchman. Any swoop would be independent of a separate deal for Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite.

And the Red Devils might get some encouragement after reading De Ligt’s previous comments. During his time with Ajax, he revealed that his childhood hero was Cristiano Ronaldo and even pretended to be the former Man United striker in the garden.

Speaking to Dutch outlet vi.nl, he said: “Everything is going fast. During the season, in the club and during the various competitions, you don’t really have time to think about it.

“However, sometimes I realise it, as recently when I had dinner with my childhood friends who I used to play with. We came to the conclusion that I always wanted to be Cristiano Ronaldo when we played soccer in the garden.

“Especially during the period when he played at Manchester United. That dinner took place immediately after the two challenges against Juventus, in which I had to face Ronaldo.”

De Ligt has been asked about his future at Euro 2024 but remained tight-lipped. Speaking in a press conference, he said: “I’ve already said this is not the time for me to think about it.

“We’re playing at the Euros now and that’s very important for me and the national team. That’s why I can’t say now what I think about this situation. But what I can say is that I’ve now played my second season at Bayern – I’m very happy. For now I’m focused on the Euros and then we’ll see what happens.”

De Ligt, 24, made 30 appearances in all competitions for the German giants last season. He has three years left to run on his contract at the Allianz Arena.

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