Ajax wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt has named Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford as the toughest striker he has come up against in his career.
The in-demand centre-back has been the subject of huge amounts of transfer speculation, with a number of top European clubs showing interest in his signature.
Man United have been strongly linked with a move for the Dutch sensation – and they may take heart from the fact he has confessed Rashford is one of Europe’s best forwards.
Speaking in a Q&A with Ajax TV, De Ligt was asked who his hardest opponent has been and after a moment of consideration he delivered his answer with a wry smile.
“That has to be Rashford, from Manchester United,” he said. “Great player, quick, technical skills.”
LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS
Transfer news live: Hazard bid expected today, Trippier switch collapses
Souness gives harsh verdict on Spurs: 'They shouldn't be in Champions League final'
Hazard puffs on huge cigar as Sarri and staff smoke the night away
Sergio Ramos: Real Madrid captain wants to end career at Bernabeu
Steven Gerrard explains why he is jealous of current Liverpool players
Hazard turned down big offers from Premier League clubs, suggests Chelsea team-mate
Spurs fans may not like what Sadio Mane has to say ahead of Champions League final
Man City transfer news live: 'New Ronaldo' a £105m target, bid made on Juve defender
Most expensive Man City season ticket, as prices increase by three per cent
The most successful English football clubs in history by trophies won
Arsenal transfer news live: Van Dijk claim, club could beat Spurs to signing
Chelsea star reacts to Eden Hazard news: 'I hope we can change his decision'
Rashford and De Ligt went head to head in the 2017 Europa League final, where United came out on top in a 2-0 victory.
And it is said Old Trafford chiefs still have hope of signing him after he reportedly asked Barcelona for assurances over his playing time.
However, Real Madrid have also entered the race for the teenager following news that Sergio Ramos wants to leave the club.