"Obviously I expected him to play the final, but I know he was not going to be 100 per cent".
They not only have a successful campaign to lure De Ligt with, but also the financial security that that success has bred.
'I feel fine now, ' said Van Dijk.
The pair's success was the latest positive in a resurgence for Dutch football, the Netherlands having endured some dark times in recent years having failed to qualify for the past two major tournaments since a third-place finish at the 2014 World Cup.
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Kenin, the 20-year-old world number 35, will face eighth seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia for a place in the quarter-finals. Siniakova made her pay, breaking for 5-4 and taking the opener when Osaka sent back her 16th unforced error of the set.
Koeman is now preparing the Netherlands for their UEFA Nations League semi-final with England, with Van Dijk set to join up with the national squad after celebrating Liverpool's Champions League triumph. I'm ready. But ask anyone - both teams will say they're not 100 per cent because everyone has had a full season behind them'. But as a group we want to go for it and give everything we've got.
A resurgent Dutch side have been in superb form on the worldwide scene, with two wins over Germany, a 2-0 victory over world champions France and a draw with World Cup bronze medallists Belgium in the last eight months alone. "They are goalscorers and eye-catching players", Barnes told talkSPORT.
'I think all of us will feel heavy legs but that's absolutely not an excuse. A country that has produced three World Cup finalists, a European Championship-winning side and some of the greatest footballers ever to have played the game plummeted to depths rarely seen before.
"I've read that as well, of course", he said of the statistic that went viral. If the Tottenham players play, they'll want to show themselves and try and win the game.