They were defeated by Tottenham in that semi-final battle, but the Eredivisie champions were able to take down reigning champions Real Madrid and Ronaldo's Juventus along the way, with De Ligt putting in standout performances in both ties. When you rest you have time to think, so that's good'.
The saga has parallels with their move for De Jong in January. "I was a little shocked, so I laughed, but I didn't say anything", he said, as quoted by AS.
A bewildered De Ligt admitted he did not know how to respond to the freaky, real-life pop-up ad and says he just laughed.
Portugal defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in the inaugural 2019 UEFA Nations League final to lift their second successive worldwide title. Until now, they have been reluctant to pay De Ligt more than his Ajax teammate Frenkie de Jong, who joins next month.
Juventus, Liverpool and Manchester United have also been linked with De Ligt, but a source close to Bayern Munich told ESPN FC last week that the Bundesliga giants have dropped their interest.
"My situation is I have a contract with Ajax and I am really happy", he said. But I didn't say anything.
It seems the tug-of-war for Ajax sensation Matthijs de Ligt could soon have a victor.
On De Ligt, who was nutmegged by Goncalo Guedes before the Portugal winger exchanged passes with Bernardo Silva and fired in a 60th-minute victor, Van de Beek added: "A lot of clubs want to buy him, I think, because he is a good player and now he has to choose for himself".
"A lot of clubs want to buy him, I think so because he is a good player and now he has to choose for himself, where he feels good, he has to go there".