Justin Kluivert would have struggled in the Premier League, according to his father and Dutch legend, Patrick Kluivert.
Everyone saw the conversation between Jose Mourinho and Ajax youngster Justin Kluivert after Manchester United won the Europa League in 2017.
Some reports suggested that the Portuguese boss, who is fond of the player, was urging the young talent to make a switch to Old Trafford the following summer. But the Red Devils didn’t even bother to make an offer as the player made up his mind to leave Ajax this summer.
The 19-year-old forward decided to join Italian club A.S. Roma for a reported fee of €17.25 million. The Dutchman made his debut in the Serie A last weekend, as he came on from the bench against Torino.
Meanwhile, his father was announced as the assistant manager of Cameroon earlier this month. The 42-year-old had a successful career as a player with Barcelona and AC Milan. He also briefly served as the director of football at Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Kluivert senior spoke about his son’s decision to move to Roma this summer.
“I’m very satisfied with what he is doing,” the Dutch legend told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “A job would have been difficult. I think United would have been too big a jump. Roma is an important club, but the pressures are lower.”
Kluivert couldn’t help but bring his former club into the picture either, as he added: “It is the ideal place for Justin right now. Then, who doesn’t dream of Barcelona? But Italian football is catching up and Justin can take advantage of it.”