Matthijs De Ligt has hit back at Patrick Kluivert’s suggestion that the young defender regretted joining Juventus.

The 20-year-old has had a mixed start to his Juve career but had overall impressed for the Bianconeri.

Barcelona academy director Kluivert suggested that De Ligt “regrets” his move to Turin.

“I don’t regret the fact that I have moved to Juventus,” the 21-year-old told Voetbal Primeur. “They are saying and writing a lot of stuff.

“If a person like Kluivert says something like that, it might seem true, but it really is just his assumption.

“When they pay so much money for you, you know they will follow you critically.

“After my first game against Napoli that has become even worse, but actually, after every game, I make an extra step.

“I get the appreciation from my teammates, the fans. I’m happy.”