Manchester City are reportedly keeping tabs on Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt as Vincent Kompany enters the final year of his contract.

The Guardian report that boss Pep Guardiola is a fan of the youngster, but is unsure where he would fit into his squad at the present time.

City currently have a wealth of options in that department, with Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones all on their books.

De Ligt has a reasonable amount of experience under his belt despite being so young, having made 56 appearances since breaking into the Ajax first team the season before last.

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He has also been capped at senior level for Holland, playing the full 90 minutes as England won 1-0 in Amsterdam in March.

Guardiola is apparently unsure whether to offer the experienced Kompany a new deal given his track record of injuries, as the Belgian only made 17 appearances in the Premier League season just finished.

De Ligt is seen as a potential long-term replacement for the 32-year-old and would fit into the Citiyzens’ style of play.

City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak spoke about Kompany earlier this week, saying:

I know how hard it’s been for him physically but also mentally. But he’s a leader with an unbelievable personality to handle these challenges. The way he’s come back, the last two months of the season, he’s been arguably the best defender in the world.

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