Giorgio Chiellini praises Juventus new boy Matthijs de Ligt

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Giorgio Chiellini has heaped praise upon the shoulders of his defensive team-mate Matthijs de Ligt and says he is learning quickly at Juventus.

De Ligt cost a whopping £75million when he swapped Ajax for Juve in the summer, and it has not been all plain sailing for the Dutch defender. 

He has had his fair share of doubters, but one of the club’s biggest names has now thrown his weight behind the youngster and says he is learning fast.

‘I talk to him every day, he’s smart, he wants to learn and is doing so quickly,’ the 35-year-old told Sky Sport Italia.

‘He was only born in 1999 and he has been catapulted into a new way of playing.’

Chiellini has only played once this season, back in August, before being ruled out until March following knee surgery.

He will return for the business end of the season, where he admits the team will have to start playing better if they are to secure the title once more.

‘Between January and February, we need to upgrade,’ he said. ‘We will have to try and play a bit better. We need a spark to propel us.

‘Over the past few years, we enjoyed winning 1-0. Now we must get used to being courageous and take risks, like against Inter. We can’t stay in limbo.’

De Ligt has improved over the last few weeks after enduring a stuttering start to life with the Old Lady.

The 20-year-old has played 15 times for Juve so far this season, and is yet to taste defeat with his new club.

This week he capped a much-improved few weeks by being voted the world’s best player aged under 21 at the Ballon d’Or awards.

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