Juventus announced the signing of the 19-year-old on Thursday, landing one of the most sought-after young players in world soccer from Ajax Amsterdam for 75 million euros ($84.39 million).
The 19-year-old shot to prominence at Ajax last season as they reached the semi-final stage of the Champions League and lifted the Eredivisie title, sparking a race for his signature this summer featuring some of Europe's biggest clubs.
However, he has revealed the rumour which claimed that United turned down the chance to buy him over fears about his weight was a rumour too far.
"Money played no role at all in my choice for a new club", he said in an interview with VI.
De Ligt, who has signed a five-year deal with Maurizio Sarri's side worth a reported 12 million euros a season, said that Cristiano Ronaldo's appeal for him to join Juventus made no difference to his decision, as he had already made up his mind to join the five-time Ballon d'Or victor at the Allianz Stadium.
"Money has never been leading me".
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"I spoke to (manager) Maurizio Sarri just to get to know each other".
"Then you think 'Come on man...'".
"He has a lot of experience", said De Ligt of Raiola, who also looks after global stars such as Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli.
The Netherlands worldwide had previously denied that Cristiano Ronaldo was an influence on his decision to move to Italy , instead saying that the Italian defensive tradition swayed him to choose Juve, amid interest from Barcelona and Manchester United as well as PSG.
"I think that if you ask every player who is managed by him if Mino does a good job, they all do so".
But more importantly, considering Juventus' policy of obliging their player's wishes if they want to leave, the exit clause is even less significant.