Justin Kluivert, the son of legendary Dutchman Patrick Kluivert, is one of football’s brighter young prospects. Having followed in his father’s footsteps in the Ajax academy to the first team, he made his move to Roma in the summer for £16 million after being linked with a whole host of clubs, including Manchester United.
Patrick has today revealed that he advised his son to stay in Holland for another year but Justin made the decision to move. Justin is still a teenager and his father believes that a move to United at this stage in his career would have been too much for him.
I think United would have been too big a jump. Roma are an important club but the pressures are less. Roma don’t have to win at any cost and it is a club that is used to good football. It is the ideal place for Justin right now. He doesn’t talk much, but he’s someone who knows how to listen and is motivated. I wanted him to stay at Ajax for another year, but he made his choice.
Jose Mourinho was seen talking to Kluivert following United’s 2-0 win over Ajax in the 2017 Europa League final, sparking transfer rumours. Justin later revealed what was said.
He said it was nice to see me again after such a long time, because he had known me when I was a baby. And he said it was nice to see that I was doing well.