Juventus defender, Matthijs De Ligt has explained why he won’t get vaccinated against Covid-19 despite contracting the disease earlier this year.
The 21-year-old Netherlands international tested positive for the virus in January and missed two Serie A games while in self-isolation before recovery.
The defender has now teamed up with Frank de Boer’s men ahead of Euro 2020 this summer after helping Juventus finish in a Champions League spot.
In an interview with ESPN.nl, he confirmed he had taken the decision not to receive a Covid-19 jab, insisting everyone should be in charge of their own bodies.
“I have not taken a vaccination, it is not mandatory. I think you should be in charge of your own body. The risk of infection is always there. I try to come into contact with as few people as possible outside the Dutch national team.”
The Dutchman, who played 36 games in all competitions for Juventus also
played down rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona.
“I am very happy at Juve. I feel like a fish in water,” said De Ligt.
“I feel good on the pitch and appreciated. Would they let me go? There are plenty of clubs that have money problems, but you should ask the club.
“I don’t know. These [Barcelona rumours] make no sense now. That is not important to me and nobody has informed me about it.”