Josep Maria Bartomeu denied reports the Barcelona dressing room advised the club to abandon the chase for the Frenchman.
Barcelona players have no input into transfers and were not against the signing of Antoine Griezmann, according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
“The dressing room did not reject us signing Griezmann,” Bartomeu told Barça TV.
“The players don’t give their opinions on signings, it is the technical team who decide.”
“This squad is more competitive than last season’s,” he added.
“It’s a small squad, but very competitive. Ernesto Valverde accepts the level of demand and I am expecting a lot from this season.
“De Ligt was one of our targets, but he decided not to come to Barca.”